The Cabinet secretary for Environment and Forestry Keriako Tobiko presided over an event which was the culmination of an assessment of funded conservation projects in the county. The objective of the projects is to build resilience and adaptive capacity of vulnerable groups in the society.
He attributed water shortage at Thome and Laikipia County in general to unsustainable farming practices and charcoal burning. He instructed agencies under his Ministry to carry out a crackdown on those cultivating on riparian land.
He also decried the wanton destruction of the environment over the years which have turned the area from a water sufficient area in the 1980’s to a water scarce area.
CS Tobiko thanked the Local Catholic Church leadership led by Father Peterson Ndegwa for being at the forefront in the conservation and protection of the environment. “The Catholic Church worldwide has been on the forefront advocating other faith based organization to protect and conserve the environment”, CS Tobiko affirmed “We will continue to partner with National government and development partners to ensure that all efforts meet at improving lives of our people”, he added. Thome Caritas pan water project not only aims at supporting the raising of tree seedling and farming but also to ensure more than 400 households benefit from piped water.
During the event NETFUND CEO Samson Toniok who had accompanied the CS, pledged to support Thome Caritas development projects by donating beehives to support farming in the area.