North-Rift counties embark to restore degraded forests

North-Rift counties embark to restore degraded forests

A section of Kaptagat water tower in Elgeyo Marakwet has borne the burnt of deforestation. A multi-agency team has joined hands with the national government to seek ways to restore two key forests to meet rising water demands.

The Eldoret Water Fund project intends to restore the Cherangany and Kaptagat water towers due to declining water levels that have led to dry taps in Eldoret and Iten. Water Fund Director Fred Kihara, said they are utilizing a concept that is embraced in large cities in Brazil, Colombia and Chile and currently in Upper Tana and Nairobi.

The fund draws its membership from the Kenya Water Towers Agency (KTWA), Water Services Regulatory Board (wasreb), and Eldoret Water Services, Iten Water Services Company, the Kenya Forest Service as well as Uasin Gishu and Elgeyo Marakwet county governments. In a plan to restore degraded forest cover, the two counties have embarked on an ambitious bamboo-planting exercise.

By Lucy Kimani