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Publisher Council of Governors (CoG)
Year of Publication 2019
County Vihiga

...The National government has revised the environment policy leading to the need for review of the EMCA law. This policy aligns the environment sector to the Constitution of Kenya 2010, the National Environment Policy and existing legal framework. Further it is aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the need to address environment impacting emerging issues such as climate change, green energy development, blue economy, poverty reduction, prioritization of agriculture, mining practices, and eco-tourism. Fortunately these issues are anticipated in the Vihiga County Development Plan (CIDP) for the period 2017-2022.The natural environment is a valuable asset whose health must be guaranteed if it has to effectively support biodiversity and livelihoods. By focusing on bio-prospecting the potential for life transforming benefits sharing is real.In deriving benefits and opportunities from environmental resources, the county government of Vihiga must ensure that biological diversity, soil and water conservation are not compromised thereby ensuring improved livelihoods while maintaining the potential for provision of environmental goods and services such as wetlands functions, watershed protection and carbon sequestration.To this end an integrated approach to environmental management is paramount.The County government of Vihiga has put in place a number of policies, and Acts, and regulations which in tandem contribute to effective and efficient protection and conservation of environmental health. Among the policies referred to include: The Forestry Management Policy, The Climate Change Policy, The Agroforestry Policy, The Solid Waste Management Policy, and The Water Policy. It is envisaged that the promotion of bamboo growing in the County shall draw direction

3from the National Bamboo Policy while ensuring legislation and regulations for the management of Eucalyptus tree species with regard to banning its growing from riparian and fragile ecosystems. In order to meet the vision and mission of the Department of Environment, Water, Energy and Natural Resources, and in realizing and appreciating the value of ensuring the health of the natural and built up environments, the citizens of Vihiga County must join all forms of initiatives for robust environmental management. For instance mass action in averting the disaster that is facing the degraded Maragoli Hills is paramount. By this approach it may be possible to reduce deforestation and degradation, and contribute to the elimination of emission of greenhouse gases. This policy does point to such actions and more. Its full implementation shall necessitate concerted efforts jointly and severally among all stakeholders.
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