EU to fund conservation projects

Published on 13/02/2009

By Standard Reporter

The European Union will spend more than Sh700 million to boost environmental conservation efforts in Kenya for the next five years.

The Programme is being coordinated by the Community Development Trust Fund (CDTF), an arm of the EU and will be channelled into two components.

CDTF Programmes Manager, Joseph Ruhiu says the first component, a venture between the European Commission and the Government, will cost Sh430 million.

Mr Ruhiu said the second component, to be funded through Danida/Sida organisations under the EU, will spend Sh291 million to support 16 environmental projects, while Sh156 million will be spent on 27 advocacy and awareness raising projects throughout the country.

He said this at Ndakaini Dam, Thika during the launch of Ndakaini Environmental Conservation and Poverty Reduction Project. During the function, CDTF through Sida/Danida donated Sh18 million for conservation of the Dam and the environment of adjoining areas.

The Danish Deputy Ambassador to Kenya Henning Nohr said Danida-Sida vision is to provide support for environmental efforts to local communities who play a key role in conservation efforts. “We want to empower and build capacities in local communities and civil society organisations to enable them address challenges and opportunities dealing with sustainable managing and utilisation of our environment,” said Nohr.

The Assistant Minister for National Planning, Peter Kenneth hailed Danida/Sida for supporting the programme, saying shortage and lack of water had affected agriculture.

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