Efforts to revive the degenerated 1,050-acre Kibirong wetland in Nandi county has been rekindled as top environmentalist and ministry take the lead in a tree planting exercise.
The wetland is a home to a variety of flora and fauna and the conservation efforts are expected to recover the damages caused by wanton sand harvesting at river bank and the cutting of indigenous trees in the area.
On Thursday, conservation efforts hit top gear after Permanent Secretary in the State Department of Wildlife in the Ministry of Tourism Prof. Fred Sigor and the secretary in the National Environmental Complaints Committee Dr. John Chumo led a team pro-conservation from Nandi county to plant more than 5,000 trees in the wetland.
Speaking to journalist after planting trees Ps Sigor said the wetlands were very important source of water noting that a lot of destruction had been done to the resource for the past three years.
“The moment we protect the environment, the moment we protect the habitat, you will find that the wildlife species which used to be there and had disappeared will resurface,” Segor said.
Dr. Chumo said the leading challenge in the county was unregulated harvesting of sand and agricultural activities within the riparian area.
“What we want our people to understand is their role in taking care of the environment. They should know that there are laws that will lead to prosecution of persons alleged to be harvesting sand and illegally ploughing the swampy areas,” said Chumo.
The two encouraged locals to plant the indigenous trees such as bamboo trees to protect the environment warning that planting of eucalyptus trees was destructive to the habitat.