Mau Ecosystem Rehabilitation Gains Momentum with Donor Support and UN Backing ma, nov 28, 2011

The project is set to deliver multiple benefits for Kenya and the region that range from the restoration of vital water catchments and the establishment of payments for environmental services to improving the livelihoods of local communities; building national capacity; and the assessment and monitoring of carbon storage in the Mau Forest.

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Mau, the largest indigenous forest in East Africa and Kenya's most vital water tower, covers some 270,000 hectares.

Launch of EUR2.3 m landmark Project to Promote Conservation, Economic Growth & Sustainable Livelihoods in Kenya & the Region

EU to Pledge Additional Funds for Watershed Protection & Climate Change Adaptation

What: Press Conference

Where: Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi

When: 10:00am, Tuesday 29 November 2011

A new three-year EU-funded intervention to rehabilitate the Northern Mau Forest at the cost of EUR2.3 million will be launched Tuesday by the Kenyan Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga, the UN Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Mr. Achim Steiner, and the EU Head of Operations in Kenya, Mr. Bernard Rey.

The project is set to deliver multiple benefits for Kenya and the region that range from the restoration of vital water catchments and the establishment of payments for environmental services to improving the livelihoods of local communities; building national capacity; and the assessment and monitoring of carbon storage in the Mau Forest.

The EU is also expected to pledge additional funds for watershed protection and climate change adaptation in Kenya.

For further information, please contact:

UNEP News Desk, email: unepnewsdesk@unep.org, Tel. +254 788 526 000

 
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