, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 16 – Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has extended the logging ban for one year to facilitate reforms.
The logging ban was first effected in February this year but it was extended by a further six months which would have ended next Saturday.
In a statement, Tobiko said the extension was to allow the restoration and rehabilitation of the degraded critical water catchment and natural forest areas.
The Environment CS says he will engage the National Assembly and the National Treasury with a view of securing an estimated Sh18 billion allocation for the five year implementation period.
The funds are meant to enable the ministry and the Kenya Forest Service fully implement the recommended reforms and cover the financing gaps occasioned by the moratorium.
The government imposed the ban following fears of an unprecedented and acute water crisis running into three years, occasioned by low water levels in rivers and streams.