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KEWASIP delegation visits Nyeri County

H.E Governor Mwalimu Mutahi Kahiga EGH hosted a delegation from the World Bank Mission on the Kenya Watershed Services Improvement Project (KEWASIP).

KEWASIP is a five-year programme supported by the World Bank, aiming at reviving degraded landscapes and enhancing watershed services, fostering climate change, resilience, and improving livelihoods.

The team from the National Government has developed the National Landscape and Ecosystem Restoration Strategy to guide landscape restoration nationally and provide a framework to operationalize restoration interventions.

The aim of the strategy is to restore 10.6 million hectares of degraded forests and rangelands by the year 2032.

This strategy will be implemented through a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach.

The mission of the team is to assess the challenges and opportunities related to implementation of restoration activities in Kenya’s watersheds to inform the design of the KEWASIP programme.

The team also seeks to sustainably manage watersheds, restore degraded areas, and advocate for sustainable land management practices mostly in Mt. Kenya and Mau forests while incorporating environmentally friendly agricultural practices to boost productivity.

During the visit, the team which is being led by NETFUND Resources Mobilization Manager Andrew Machora will engage the County Government of Nyeri, KFS Ecosystem Conservators, NEMA County Directors of Environment, Water Resources Authority Regional Officers, Kenya Water Towers Regional Officers, Community Forest Associations, local community conservation groups and other key stakeholders including development partners.

The National Government has partnered with the World Bank to develop a new National Programme, KEWASIP, which will facilitate the implementation of the National Landscape and Ecosystem Restoration Strategy.

Accompanied by Deputy Governor H.E. David Kinaniri, Governor Mutahi Kahiga welcomed the team and promised them unwavering support from the County Government of Nyeri as they will collaborate, and engage throughout the project.

Governor Mutahi Kahiga laud the move of engaging the community conservation groups in the implementation of the project.

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