MPs from six East African countries sign declaration to save forests

Inter-Parliamentary Hearing in Nairobi comes to successful close

Nairobi, 6 October 2014: Several members of National Parliaments and Senators from Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe declared their commitment to take leadership in saving forests and restoring land at the 3rd Inter-Parliamentary Hearing on ‘Forests for People’ which took place in Nairobi, Kenya, last week.

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Leaders from six countries have agreed to drive forest conservation © WFC

Legislators recognized the immense value of forests and the services they provide for the environment by signing the “Nairobi Declaration”. The document promises to promote the implementation of successful and exemplary policies and programmes to drive forest conservation and the rehabilitation of degraded lands. The high-level attendees also committed to take an active role in planting, growing and protecting trees in their constituencies, to promote grassroots led landscape restoration activities, and mobilize society.

Luc Gnacadja, member of the World Future Council and former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), said: “We are pleased to be holding you by your words. Do not overlook the small steps. Whenever you think the World Future Council can be of any assistance, please get in touch.”

The Hearing was convened by the World Future Council with the support of the Parliament of Kenya, the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources of Kenya, the FAO Regional Office for Africa, and the Green Belt Movement. At the hearing, legislators, key civil society actors and international experts on forest policies from African countries discussed visionary forest policies.

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