Kenya: Today the Kenya Forest Service fraternity hosted a thanksgiving and farewell party for the immediate former Chief Conservator of Forests Julius Kamau who served as the head of the organisation for 4 years spanning from May 2019 to April 2023.
Led by the Ag. CCF Alex Lemarkoko, the Service recognised Kamau for his immense contribution in the forestry sector while at the helm of office noting achievements which included the attainment of the Presidential target set back in 2018, for the organisation to steer the country towards achieving a 10% tree cover by 2022.
It was also during his time in office that the first national tree cover ‘census’ was conducted leading to the development of the National Forest Resources Assessment Report 2021 which identified Kenya surpassing the target threshold and registering a 12.13% tree cover, and 8.83% forest cover. The document forms the baseline through which the country is now gearing to achieve the newly set target of 30% tree cover by 2032.
During the ceremony the Ag CCF, on behalf of the KFS fraternity, commended his predecessor noting that the Service remains grateful for his efforts and granted Kamau together with his family best wishes in his future endeavours.
In his remarks, Kamau lauded the Service, in its entirety, for the teamwork which led to the remarkable gains that KFS has achieved over his term period, noting that it was a shared legacy.