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Peter Kiprop January 27, 2020

ASSEMBLY VALIDATES SUSTAINABLE LAND & FOREST MANAGEMENT DRAFT POLICY

The County Government of Nandi is continually working with the legislative arm of the County Government to ensure that both parties learn from each other and build on resources and information. Together, it is great to be able to identify areas the Government can improve and progress on towards enabling farmers thrive in full conformity to Sustainable Land and Forest Management (SLFM) policy.

On Monday 27th January, the CECM in charge of Agriculture and Cooperative Development Dr. Kiplimo Araap Lagat chaired a consultative meeting between the County Assembly of Nandi leadership, County Departments of Agriculture and Lands/Environment as well as the legal team to review and validate the Nandi County Sustainable Land & Forest Management draft policy. The purpose of the document is to provide a legislative framework for implementation of Sustainable Land and Forest Management programme in our county.

The policy proposes a broad range of measures and actions responding to key land and forest management issues and challenges. It seeks to provide the framework for an integrated approach to planning and sustainable management of land and forest resources in the County. It recognized the various vulnerable ecosystems and proposes various policy measures not only to mainstream sound environmental management practices in all sectors of society throughout the county but also recommends strong institutional and governance measures to support the achievement of the desired goal and objectives.

Before the review and ratification of the policy, several issues were identified through a participatory approach which involved various stakeholders including agriculture sector institutions and community organizations. These issues had continued to constrain the development of the agriculture sector due to inappropriate use of land and forest management technologies to curb land degradation and encroachment into the forests. The policy issues included; land degradation through human activities, soil erosion, declining soil fertility, poor water management, drying up of water sources such as springs and streams, vulnerabilities due to changes in temperature regimes and precipitation patterns among others. #TransformingNandi

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