Natural Resources

 

 

 

Cyril

Natural Resources Sector

The Department of Natural Resources comprises of the Natural Resources Office, the Lands and Physical Planning Office as well as the Forestry, Environment & Wetlands Office. It is charged with the responsibility of ensuring sustainable and productive utilisation of natural resources for poverty reduction, enhanced economic growth and improved livelihoods.

 

The major causes of the deterioration the quality and the quantity of the natural resource base is associated with human activity. There is massive deforestation particularly on privately owned land where most of the districts tree resources are. This is closely followed by wetland degradation as a result of cultivation of crops. Other threats are soil erosion whose magnitude and impact has never been quantified.

The Department of Natural Resources comprises of the Natural Resources Office, the Lands and Physical Planning Office as well as the Forestry, Environment & Wetlands Office. It is charged with the responsibility of ensuring sustainable and productive utilisation of natural resources for poverty reduction, enhanced economic growth and improved livelihoods.

 

The major causes of the deterioration the quality and the quantity of the natural resource base is associated with human activity. There is massive deforestation particularly on privately owned land where most of the districts tree resources are. This is closely followed by wetland degradation as a result of cultivation of crops. Other threats are soil erosion whose magnitude and impact has never been quantified.

 

Projects to Be Implement 2015/16 To 2019/20Projects to Be Implement 2015/16 To 2019/20

Project

Areas of intervention, Project areas

Protection and restoration of degraded fragile ecosystems ( bare hills, lake shores, river banks, range lands)

i.                    Enforce compliance with environmental and natural resources legislation and standards at all levels.

ii.                  Develop and implement a program on integrated ecosystems assessments

iii.                Develop and implement ecosystem management and restoration plans

Restore the degraded fragile ecosystems (river banks, bare hills, range lands and lake shores)

Increase the sustainable use of Environment and Natural Resources

i.                    Promote value addition to ENR goods and services

ii.                  Develop a database system for ENR.

iii.                Implement the green economy initiatives including integration of environmental sustainability into planning and implementation of development processes

iv.                Expand research on economic, ecological and socio-cultural values of ecosystems and biodiversity.

iv.                Develop and strengthen partnerships and networks in environmental and natural resources management

v.                  Increase public awareness on ENR opportunities, green economy and sustainable consumption and production practices

Support the decentralized environment management function at the Lower Local Government level.

Increase wetland coverage and reduce wetland degradation.

 

i.                    Demarcate, restore and gazette  wetland eco-systems district wide

ii.                  Develop wetland management plans for  equitable utilisation of wetland resources district wide

iii.                Expand knowledge base of ecological and socioeconomic value of wetlands among stakeholders.

iv.                Build the capacity at the Lower Local Governments in wetland management.

Develop and operationalize legal and governance mechanisms for sustainable wetlands management

Increase the district’s resilience to the impacts of climate change

i.                    Integrate and implement the National Climate Change Policy (NCCP) including awareness creation in all LGs as well as CSOs and the private sector.

Strengthen coordination, monitoring and reporting on the implementation of standards and commitments.

Increase mitigation and adaptation (afforestation and reforestation and sustainable management) actions.

i.                    Develop district wide community based and institutional tree planting initiatives

ii.                  Promote sustainable development of forest plantations including value addition.

iii.                Promote implementation of sustainable management of forests through restoration of natural forests on protected and private land

Promote forestry in urban development planning

District State of Environment Report Produced

Annually to compile the report about the state of the district environment

Build the capacity at the Lower Local Governments in wetland management.

 

i.                    Training of Sub county councils on legislation about wetland management.

Conduct training workshop for Village councils

Development plans approved

Every development to be implemented will have to first be approved by physical planning unit.

Land titles/Certificates processed

i.                    Visiting of the private lands to ascertain whether surveyed lands do not include wetlands

Recommending for the issue of the title.

Government lands surveyed

i.                    Identification of government lands.

Surveying and titling of all government lands

Tree farmers advised and trained

i.                    Tree farmers will be trained through follow up visits by the forestry technical staff

Workshops will be conducted at the district headquarters to train lead tree farmers who will in turn train their fellow farmers.

Number of people trained in agro-forestry management

i.                    Agro forestry demo farms will be established at the district as a resource centre.  

Training workshops to be carried out to train people in agro forestry                                                                                                              

Number of people participating in tree planting days

Tree planting days will be organized where people will be called upon to participate

District wetlands inventory updated and produced

Survey will be done district wide to assess the state of each wetland and a report will be compiled

Forest revenue mobilized

i.                    Identifying forest products

ii.                  Certification of the forest products

Collection of taxes on certified forest products

 

 

State of Wetlands         

Number of rivers and lakes:      01%

Percentage of wetlands used for papyrus harvesting: (grass)    90%

Reclamation for human settlement and activities: (agriculture + livestock) 10%

Water pollution e.t.c 5%

 

Restored Wetland

 .3. Land management

 Percentage of land under agriculture: 56%

Percentage of land under commercial farming: 12%

Percentage of land occupied by forest reserves: 10%