Busia County Government is among 11 counties that will benefit from Sh120million each from European Union to go towards Environmental Conservation. Other counties include Vihiga, Kakamega, Siaya, Kisumu, Bungoma, Trans Nzoia, West Pokot, Elgeyo Marakwet, Uasin Gishu and Nandi.
Busia County Executive Committee Member for Water, Environment and Natural Resources Dr Isaac Alukwe said the three-year funded Kenya Water Towers Protection and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption Program will cut across all the seven sub counties.
“The aim of the project whose lead agency is the Kenya Forest Service will help in conserving water resources and rehabilitation of sand harvest and water catchment areas,” he said.
Dr Alukwe said the project is geared towards improving the County’s forest cover which currently stands 0.01 per cent.
” We shall involve communities to plant trees on their private hills. We shall identify sites where the project will take place and involve the local community, women ,youth groups, Community Based Organizations and all key stakeholders to help in the project,” he said.
Dr Alukwe thanked the EU for picking Busia in the multi-million project and promised full support to ensure environmental challenges facing the county in realizing its environmental goals are dealt with. County Environment Officer Dan Opilio said the county government has undertaken the greening of schools, adding that they are also pushing for the community to embrace bamboo growth especially on riparian areas.
He said they are also in the process of developing policies on sand harvesting and waste management, adding that they will strive to harness water harvesting in all learning institutions. Abdi Hasan , Unicef representative said the project will entail capacity building, development of frameworks, landscape management. The delegation included representatives from the ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.