Friends of Karura meets with Kenyan forestry officials to showcase achievements

Kenya: Yesterday, Friends of Karura (FKF), Community Forest Association met with the KFS Board Chairman, Mr Job Chirchir and the Ag—Chief Conservator of Forests, Mr Alex Lemarkoko. Led by the CFA Chairperson, Dr Winnie Kiiru, the FKF gave a brief synopsis of their inception in 2009 up to the present and outlined their achievements.

They noted the CFA’s tree nursery currently has 77,000 tree seedlings, and the Board Chair urged them to increase this number to contribute to the national target of growing fifteen billion trees by 2032. Mr Chirchir also accepted an invitation for the Board to tour Karura to familiarize themselves with the operations of the CFA.


Dr Kiiru explained that Friends of Karura had built houses for Forest rangers and employed over 100 community members as Forest scouts. In addition, the CFA offers bursaries to needy children from the neighbourhood.

A couple of challenges were also highlighted, but the Board Chairman reassured the CFA of his support to seek solutions that would be mutually beneficial to the Service and the community.

Others present at the meeting were FKF Board members Cristina Boelcke, Angelica Kamuyu and Catherine Kariuki. KFS Corporation Secretary Esther Keige and Head Biodiversity James Mwangombe were also present.

People also showed their concern. One of the users, Ray Sniper, said Mr chirchir board chair, please mitigate and sensitize forest resources for future prosperity. Almighty did so. let’s reforest for humans and both fauna and Flora habitable for vision 2032.

Damaah Karis, God is still the only destiny helper in our lives…. tried my level best, but there was a lot of connection. I can’t tell what happened in the field, said another user, Coaches Devis.

People are also waiting for another update, as another user said that he is waiting for more updates about the work and its progress.