The Kenya Forest Service has launched the Gogoni-Gazi Participatory Forest Management Plan 2021-2025 (PFMP).
KFS has also signed a Forest Management Agreement with community members living adjacent to Gogoni Forest in Msambweni, Kwale County.
The activity was launched on Friday by the Chief Conservator of Forests Julius Kamau.
Members of the public will work collaboratively with KFS (through their community forest association) in conservation & management of the forest resource while benefitting in their livelihoods.
5,000 mangrove tree seedlings were planted in Msambweni.
Kamau called on public-private partnerships through support from stakeholders present who comprised WWF (the facilitators who supported the development of the two management tools), Base Titanium, Kenya Marine and Fisheries Institute among many others represented.
“I call upon the stakeholders present to partner with KFS not only in preparation but also in the implementation of PFMPs to enhance the conservation of the vital and fragile forest blocks in Kwale County,” he said.
He appreciated the collaboration that the Service has had at the coast, noting the passion of Kwale residents in the conservation of forests and encouraged them to foster sustainable use of forest resources.
Kamau encouraged youth in Kwale county to get involved in CFA activities and other forest & environmental conservation matters for the benefit of their families and that of future generations.
The Deputy CCF (FCM) Charity Munyasya, the Head of Coast Conservancy Andrew Soi among other Senior KFS officers and representatives of stakeholders were among participants at the event.