Uasin Gishu County Governor Jackson Mandago during a forest conservation a stakeholders meeting, January 10, 2018. [Photo|County Government of Uasin Gishu]Uasin Gishu County Governor Jackson Mandago made it clear that forest conservation is not negotiable.During a stakeholders meeting attended by Cabinet Secretary for Environment Dr Judy Wakhungu, Mandago said water towers and forest conservation is one of the factors contributing to food sustainability in the region and the entire Country.He urged the Ministry of Environment to declare and classify Kaptagat Forest as a water tower to enhance the plans by Uasin Gishu and Elgeyo Marakwet Counties of planting indigenous trees in the forest and making sure that the water sources are kept clean."My government together with other partners will do a comprehensive conservation of Sosiani, Moiben and Chepkoilei rivers as well as promote the plantation of Bamboo trees for conservation and commercial purposes countywide," Mandago said on Wednesday.Also present were Governors Alex Tolgos - Elgeyo Marakwet, Wilberforce Otichilo - Vihiga, Dr Ochieng Owili - Kisumu Deputy Governor, representatives of the European Union led by the Ambassador to Kenya, Senior Ministry of Environmental officials, KFS staff among other government and representatives of the communities living in Cherengany water tower.

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