Forest management measures

Forest management measures

  • Public awareness/campaign on the importance of forest through mass media, spearheaded by the Green Belt Movement, NGOs, UNEP, UN-Habitat etc.

  • Forest research stations have been established to intensify research on soil requirements for different species of trees as well as ways of controlling pests and diseases e.g. ICRAF – International Centre for Research in Agroforestry.
  • Establishment of forest training school at Londiani and Department of Forestry at Moi University to oversee forest management and conservation.
  • Introduction of faster-maturing trees of high commercial value e.g. Eucalyptus, Pines, and Cypress.
  • Reduction of wastage of forest resources by encouraging recycling of forest products.
  • Forest protection by the employment of forest guards who patrol the forests to keep off illegal loggers.
  • The government has slapped a total ban on logging in indigenous forests.
  • Kenyans are being encouraged to use alternative sources of energy e.g. solar, biogas, and energy-saving jikos to ease pressure on forests for wood fuel. A zero-rating tax on cooking gas is a step in the right direction.
  • Attempts to improve tree-cutting practices through selective harvesting and rotational felling of trees followed by replanting National tree planting day.


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