Ministry of Environment in partnership with the Makueni County government is stepping up the restoration efforts of the Chyulu Ecosystem as well as activities at Kiu Wetland that include mapping, fencing and gazettement of the degraded water source.

Encroachment and degradation of the Kiu/Kiboko water catchment have resulted in the reduction of the levels and recharge rates of the springs causing water shortage for domestic, agricultural, and livestock keeping in the adjacent community, especially those in Makindu Town.

 This comes after H.E President Ruto made a commitment that his government will step up efforts geared towards protecting and rehabilitating over 10,000 wetlands in the country.

Environment and Climate Change Principal Secretary Eng. Festus K Ng’eno today held discussions with Ben Opaa (National Lands Commission), Dr. Sonia Nzilani (Environment CEC, Makueni County), and Weldon Maritim (State Department for Lands and Physical Planning) on the practical steps to restore the entire Chyulu Hills Catchment.

The meeting, also attended by the Ministry’s Policy and Strategy Advisor Hon. Agostino Neto, among other technical officers, outlined restoration steps that include establishing a map of the entire Chyulu ecosystem with overlay maps covering small constituent landscapes.

The team will also make a determination of private interests’ legitimacy, conduct public participation with precision, and conduct verification of private entities.

The Ministry is stepping up efforts to restore the entire Chyulu ecosystem by, among other interventions, gazzettment of eight wetlands in the catchment, fencing of the wetlands, and restoration works in line with the Ministry’s Wetlands Restoration Strategy.