Kenya: The Acting Chief Conservator of Forests (Ag. CCF), Alex Lemarkoko, yesterday met the Board Members of the Nairobi Arboretum Conservancy Community Forest Association (NACCFA), led by the Chairperson, Carlotta Dal Lago, who briefed him on the ongoing works to improve the facilities at the Arboretum which is one of the unique and oldest green spaces with the city of Nairobi.
The team presented a development master plan to the CCF, which will elevate the Arboretum’s status to some of the world’s renowned green spaces.
Speaking to the Board Members, the CCF thanked them for their commitment to developing the Nairobi Arboretum, noting that it was one of the premier green spaces within the city. He said the Service fully supported the Board’s plan to improve it to a world-class status.
Noting that the Arboretum was a forest station, he also called on them to play their part in helping the Service raise the required seedlings for the 15 billion tree growing campaign.
Speaking during the meeting, Carlotta thanked the CCF for the continued support from KFS, which enabled the Board to achieve several milestones.
She lauded the good working relations with the station’s management. She said they had developed an application that helps users access all park features. She also informed the CCF that visitors can have a virtual park tour by scanning a QR code at strategic locations. Carlotta said the Board was on a mission to create a model park for Kenya and Africa.
The CCF and the Board agreed to continue working together to address any emerging challenges and ensure that the Nairobi Arboretum remains a green sanctuary within the city.
Also present during the meeting were the Deputy Chief Conservator of Forests (DCCF) for Natural Forest Conservation Charity Munyasia, the Ag. DCCF for Forest Resources Information Management Dr Benjamin Kinyili, the Regional Forest Conservator for Nairobi Joyce Nthuku and NACCFA Board Members Richard Kirundi and Timothy Thaiting’a.