CS Tuya: CFAs Are Key In Realization Of Growing 15B Trees

    Environment, Climate Change and Forestry, Cabinet Secretary, Hon Soipan Tuya has today held discussions with the leadership of National Alliance of Community Forest Associations (NACOFA) at her office.

    CS Soipan said CFAs continue to play an integral role in the management of forests countrywide and will be key in the realization of growing 15 billion trees by 2032.

    “We can’t do 15 billion trees without communities, I will visit a sample of CFAs in the country to appreciate their work.”

    The CS said the government will carry on with robust engagements with CFAs and will facilitate the communities in Participatory Forest Management (PFM).

    She however said communities must be responsible and ensure forests are sustainably managed for generations to come.

    The CS called on members of CFAs to report in real-time issues related to the forests including and not limited to encroachment, and forest fires for real-time interventions.

    There are 300 registered CFAs with 175 Participatory Forest Management Plans across the country formed by communities that live adjacent to forests who conserve and manage forests.

    The meeting was attended by NACOFA led by their Chairperson Mr. Gerald Ngatia, Treasurer Tecla Chumba and member Jecinta Mwikali who briefed the CS on the organization of CFAs in Kenya and how they operate.