KKL-JNF team and Kenyan Forest Service officials with the Israeli Ambassador to Kenya Noah Gal Gendler (center)..
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
KKL-JNF afforestation experts recently returned from a mission to Kenya, where they went with the purpose of checking out potential sites for creating a “pilot” forest 1,250 acres large. The Kenyan Forest Service is interested in cooperating with KKL-JNF in order to learn about the best possible way of rehabilitating degraded soil and also how to take advantage of water sources in order to expand the amount of Kenya’s forested areas.
The KKL-JNF delegation, led by KKL-JNF Chief Forester Dr. David Brand, traveled to Kenya under the auspices of the Kenyan Forest Service. The trip was the result of a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed between KKL-JNF World Chairman Danny Atar and Professor Judi Wakhungu, the Kenyan Minister of the Environment and Forestry.
As part of the visit, the KKL-JNF team visited three potential sites for creating a pilot forest in arid and semi-arid regions. The Kenyan Forest Service is interested in increasing forested land in the country from 7% to 10% by 2022. In order to reach this goal, they asked for assistance from KKL-JNF in creating the first forest on an area of 1,250 acres.
KKL-JNF’s assistance will also help provide food security and means of livelihood for local residents.
In the words of KKL-JNF World Chairman Danny Atar: “Cooperation with the Kenyan Forestry Service is very important for KKL-JNF and for tagging it as a leading international environmental organization that shares its knowledge with the world. Kenya is a key country for the developing world and for Africa, and this has strategic and national importance. By supporting these arid regions, which lack food security, we are helping to prevent climate change refugees and the establishment of radical entities.”