UN calls for action to save Lake Baringo
Wednesday, January 29, 2003
The East African Standard (Nairobi, Kenya). Clarice Jerono And Salome Kyuli
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has decried the sinking water level of Lake Baringo, which has reduced to 1.8 from an initial 9 metres deep.
UNDP's country representative, Andre de' la Porte, raised concern over the continued reduction and called on the Government to implement policies to protect water catchment areas.
He warned of a further reduction if immediate action was not taken. He said the lake has accumulated silt on its bed, which in turn sips available water.
De'la Porte said UNDP had initiated programmes to create awareness among the communities living around the river on the importance of protecting water catchment areas.
He was speaking at the office of the Minister for Environment, Dr Newton Kulundu, when he had paid him a courtesy call.
Dr Kulundu acknowledged UNDP's support of the natural environment.
During the meeting, De'la Porte revealed that UNDP will support the development of a National Participatory action plan for management options to mitigate the management of forests.
Kulundu said a regulatory board has been put in place to implement the Environmental Co-ordination Act, which is currently un-operational.
Also present was the Assistant Minister, Prof Wangari Maathai who called on Kenyans to follow the Act to prevent further water loss.
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