10 counties to receive Sh160m to conserve water catchment areas

Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof Judy Wakhungu is expected to launch a project on establishment and conservation of Water Catchment Areas in the North Rift region at the end of this week.

According to Uasin Gishu County’s Executive Officer in charge of Environment, Energy, Water and Natural Resources Mary Njogu, ten counties in the region and some from Western region, will get a whooping Sh160 million.

They include Bungoma, Busia, Vihiga, Siaya, Kakamega and Kisumu. Others include Nandi, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Uasin Gishu, Trans-Nzoia,  and West-Pokot county.

She said the stated counties hold a highly depended ecosystem that serves as water catchment areas for the people in the North Rift region and Western Kenya, thus the need to upgrade the areas by growing more tree seedlings and ensuring conservation and proper environmental sanitation.

”These counties dwell in areas of Cherengany hills and Mount Elgon which are ecosystems that enable us get clean waters for domestic use, consumption among other daily activities,” Njogu said on Tuesday.

According to Njogu, the event will be held in Eldoret and represented by county environmental representatives from all benefiting counties.

She however advised respective county governments to ensure proper utilization and usage of the funds for the purposes of environmental conservation.

The CeC was speaking in Eldoret at an environment forum organized by the Ministry of Health in partnership with the County government of Uasin Gishu.

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