Environment ministry extends moratorium on logging

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry extended a moratorium on logging which was set to lapse on Sunday, November 24.

In February 24, 2018, Deputy President William Ruto announced that logging activities will stand suspended for three months
Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko then gazatted a taskforce on February 26 headed by Green Belt Movement Chairperson Marion Wakanyi to review forestry management in the country.

The initial three-month moratorium was later extended by another six months and in November 2018, Tobiko declared a further extension by a year to facilitate reforms recommended by the Wakaynyi-led taskforce.

This latest announcement comes shortly after the Thursday cabinet meeting chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta is the latest in a raft of measures undertaken by government to conserve the country’s forest cover which is estimated at 7 per cent.