County Formulating Measures To Protect Environment

Laikipi County is developing a one-of-a kind- draft on County Environmental Action Plan (CEAP). This will be the first ever in the county and will entail how to sustainably manage the environment.
The county Department of Water, Environment and Natural Resources has partnered with National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and World Vision to come up with a concrete draft to guide the county for the next five years.
We are preparing the county environment Action Plan that will run from for five years from 2020 to 2024, said David Kingori, the county director for Environment department.
The constitution requires that every county prepare their action plan on conserving the environment through Environment Management and Coordination Acts (NEMCA).
The preparation has seen a technical team form to holistically look at ways of sustainably managing the county environment, as a requirement from the NEMCA.
According to the director, the final report on the plan will show how Laikipia will sustaina-bly utilize the natural resources which include management of minerals, forests, wild life and wet lands.
Through numerous public participations, the team is taking views from the citizens on ways to manage the environment and how they would like the government to come in.
The team has composed a draft which went to county environment committee and to all stake holders in natural resource management in the county for proposals of what the final report should entail.
The initial draft will then go to the cabinet for approval and some amendments if any. The county assembly will make their final approval to be accepted as a guiding principle in the county in matters environment conservation.
CEAP is intended to provide guidelines on solutions to some Environmental impacts in the county.
Environmental conservation and protection calls for every Laikipian to play an active role to ensure the vision becomes a reality. Poaching, for example, is highly prohibited as it leads to extinction of unique world life preserved in the county in various conservancies.
Burning plastics in open areas is one of the most common ways of harming the environment as it ends up producing harmful chemicals dangerous to animals, human beings and even plants. Others are using chemicals in gardens that are near a river, afforestation, and littering the environment by throwing waste in undesignated places.
To protect the environment, do at least the following: plant more trees to increase the tree cover, avoid using plastic bags and look for alternatives and dispose waste in their rightful places.

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