BY JOHN WERU,NAIROBI,23RD MAY 2018-The government has extended by six more months public ban on logging in community and public forests.The initial period passed for the ban was 90 days.
However according to Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko ,the extension will allow the sector get back on its feet and to regulate the wanton felling of trees that is threatening Kenya’s ecosystem.
“The government has extended the moratorium on logging … so as to allow for the appointment of the new KFS [Kenya Forest Service] board and the interim reforms implementation committee to be finalised and to undertake immediate measures to streamline the operations of KFS and the management of the sector,” Mr Tobiko said in a statement on Wednesday.
The committee in question was proposed by a taskforce report that looked into the extent of forest destruction.
In its report, the taskforce, called for an audit of the KFS board, as well as a lifestyle audit of senior officials in the ministry and the board.
The report, which also called for a review of logging licenses, was presented on May 17, and its recommendations are still being implemented, Mr Tobiko said.
“Deforestation, degradation and encroachment of water towers and other catchment areas, uncontrolled human activities including wanton logging have threatened and undermined the country’s capability to ensure food security. This situation poses a threat to the achievement of the Big Four agenda items of the Jubilee government,” Deputy President William Ruto said when he announced the ban.
The logging ban first came into effect in February this year.