New prize to fete conservationists

Round Table

By Joe Ombuor

Green Africa Foundation, the organisation that initiated the production of the tree whose fruits are a source of fuel, Jeotropha Curtis, in Kenya, has launched a prize to recognise individuals and

Green Africa director Isaac Kalua (right) presents a trophy to Mr Michael Karanja. [PHOTO: joe ombour)

organisations for exemplary efforts in natural resource management.

The founder and Director Mr Isaac Kalua says the recovery of Kenya’s lost forests is too important to be left to the Government alone, hence the need for individuals and NGOs to be active players. "It takes the initiative of an individual to mobilise the masses to plant trees. Such people need to be recognised and appreciated for their sacrifice to make the world a better place," he says.

Kalua was presenting a certificate and trophy of recognition from Green Africa Foundation to Mr Michael Karanja, a natural resource management specialist credited with the rehabilitation of many forests including the Mau. The ceremony at the East African Wildlife Society in Riara was witnessed by members of the Kenya Forestry Working Group, which Mr Karanja helped establish.

Mr Kalua announced the prize will be awarded annually.