Through a ‘tough tweet’ directed to Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Regional Development Authorities Judy Wakhungu and Kenya Forest Service, Governor Prof. Kivutha Kibwana fights for Kivale Forest in Mbooni in his county Makueni. The professor professionally asserts this is a systematic wanton destruction of Kivale Forest.
“CS @JudyWakhungu please investigate and stop the wanton destruction of Kivale Forest in Mbooni by commercial loggers. The relationship between forest catchments and water is a critical issue that must be accorded high priority. @KeForestService @SenMutula @Environment_Ke”
The Kenya forest cover quickly responded in support of the timber forest harvesting, what the governor in his view is wanton destruction of Kivale Forest
“The harvesting exercise has an EIA approval and is part of commercial forests plantation management. The persons harvesting are pre-qualified saw millers as the Law provides” Kenya forest Service via Twitter
WHAT IS EIA?
As per NEMA (National Environmental Management Authority), Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a critical examination of the effects of a project on the environment. An EIA identifies both negative and positive impacts of any development activity or project, how it affects people, their property and the environment. EIA also identifies measures to mitigate the negative impacts, while maximizing on the positive ones. EIA is basically a preventive process. It seeks to minimize adverse impacts on the environment and reduces risks. If a proper EIA is carried out, then the safety of the environment can be properly managed at all stages of a project- planning, design, construction, operation, monitoring and evaluation as well as decommissioning.
Pre – Qualified Saw millers
These are saw millers passed to undertake the harvesting of exotic timber and power transmission poles in KFS (Kenya Forest Service) -Managed forests under relevant tenders / quotations to. Director Kenya Forest Service as and when required.
Kivutha Kibwana (born June 13, 1954) is noted as a Kenyan politician and human rights activist
In 2002, Professor Kivutha Kibawana was the Member of Parliament for Makueni Constituency, and Minister of both Land and Settlements and Environment & Natural Resources which explains his assertion on this environmental concern for Kivale Forest
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