Saving the Mau Complex

Posted on 17 February 2009. Filed under: Environment, Lifestyle |

The Mau Forest Complex forms the largest closed canopy forest ecosystem of Kenya. It is as large the forest of Aberdares and Mt Kenya combined. Being the most important water catchment in the Rift Valley and Western Kenya, it is an asset of national importance.

The Mau complex helps secure the provision of water supply to urban areas and supports the livelihood of millions of people living in rural areas. It is the home of a minority group of the indigenous forest dwellers, the Ogiek. Many communities are also living in the immediate surrounding of the forest, depending extensively on the forest goods and services.

Despite its critical importance and future economic development, the Mau Forest Complex has been impacted by extensive irregular and ill-planned settlement, as well as illegal forest resource extraction.

A degraded region in the Mau

A degraded region in the Mau

The Mau complex helps secure the provision of water supply to urban areas and supports the livelihood of millions of people living in rural areas. It is the home of a minority group of the indigenous forest dwellers, the Ogiek. Many communities are also living in the immediate surrounding of the forest, depending extensively on the forest goods and services.

Despite its critical importance and future economic development, the Mau Forest Complex has been impacted by extensive irregular and ill-planned settlement, as well as illegal forest resource extraction.

Degazetment of the forest reserves (excision) and continuous widespread encroachment have lead to the destruction of some 104,000 hectares representing over 24% of the Mau Complex area over the last 15 years. In 2001, 61,023 hectares of forest in the Mau Complex were excised. In addition, an estimated 43,700 hectares have been encroached in the remaining protected forests of the Mau Complex. Such extensive and ongoing destruction of key natural assets of the country is a matter of national emergency. It presents significant environmental and economic threats.

Gazettement of the task force

The Ministry of Forest and Wildlife organized a historical stakeholder’s consultative workshop on the Mau forest held on 15th July 2008 and was presided over by the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon Raila A. Odinga. The stakeholders meeting came up with recommendations to form a task force. The task force was gazetted on 31st July 2008 and was mandated to formulate appropriate recommendations to the government of Kenya for;

  • An effective management structure to stop any further degradation of the Mau complex.
  • Provide for the relocation of the people currently residing in forest.
  • Restoration of all degraded blocks of forest and critical water catchment areas within the Mau Forest Complex.
  • Mobilizing local and international resources to Implement the above mentioned objectives and to secure the sustainability of the entire ecosystem of the Mau Forest Complex.

Enforcement and Outreach

– Enforcement force deployed on the ground to contain further forest destruction.
– Joint administrative and enforcement structure established to coordinate the enforcement force and conduct regular monitoring of situation in all the forest blocks.
– Communication materials developed to raise awareness and educate the communities on the need to conserve the forest and on the objectives and work of the task force.

– Barazas held jointly with provincial administration, at community level in all locations where enforcement force are deployed to inform on the need to conserve the Mau Forest complex and on the roles of the task force and the enforcement force in that context(at least every two months in each location)

– Special operations carried out to correct forest produce (timber and charcoal scattered in the forest) Updated inventory and regular reports on impounded forest produce (every two weeks)

Boundaries

  • Map all legal boundaries of protected forests and 2001 excision
  • Identify the boundaries of settlement
  • Schemes, adjudication sections and extent of encroachment.
  • Consolidate boundary data of protected forest and 2001 excision.
  • Mark survey and demarcate on the ground, through the use of outlines, the boundaries of the remaining protected forests
  • Identify boundaries which require to be further secured and to identify means to secure them.
  • Meet on regular basis to make recommendations to the task force.

Land Ownership and Resettlement

  • Meet on regular basis to make recommendations to the task force.
  • Audit land ownership and land rights in the protected forests and the 2001 excision.
  • To identify critical catchment areas in the 2001 forest excision.
  • To identify modalities to resettle or relocate people from protected forests
  • To identify modalities to repossess critical catchment areas in the 2001 forest excision
  • Meet on a regular basis to make recommendations to the task force
  • Audit land ownership and land rights in the protected forests and the 2001 excision.
  • To identify critical catchment areas in the 2001 forest excision.
  • To identify modalities to resettle or relocate people from protected forests
  • To identify modalities to repossess critical catchment areas in the 2001 forest excision

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14 Responses to “Saving the Mau Complex”

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I think those government officals who are said to have grabbed land in the mau should be taken to court and we as youths to join together and save our forests.

Any process to secure the Mau complex should start, continue and end while all the purpoted illegal settlers therein are waiting OUTSIDE the complex if depletion is to be STOPPED for the welfare of the future of the country.

The mau controversy can be solved by settling
the people legally alocated land by the government
at the adjacent ADC Farms currently occupied whic
are underutilised in Molo.Conservation by the
WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY by sensitising
persons settling around to uproot the ucaliptus and
and protecting springs has never been felt.Utilisation of the existing Dams for example in Kio farm,ogilgei,
Kongoi,Tiloa,Murinduku,Kipkewa can by great extend
save the degradation of the rivers by cattle and
garantee clean and save water for people settling inside andd around mau .My grandparents have lived in
the area for over hundred years and having stayed in the area for long I am interested in forming an NGO
that will icorporate the communitie within Kuresoi
targeting the Mau West Where I Come From.With the interim
prosossed team identified and mobilising the partners
we can save Mau in a different way instead of emty talks
(Guidance on the formation and facilitation remain unresolved)

I AM AN UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT AT MOI UNIVERSITY UNDERTAKING BACHELOR OF LAWS. I HAVE BEEN ALLOCTED A TASK TO RESEARCH ON THE PROGRESS, OUTCOME/RECOMMENDATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE TASK FORCE IN THE MAU COMPLEX ISSUE. I HUMBLY REQUEST YOU TO HELP ME IN ANY WAY POSSIBLE- AVAILING ANY RELEVANT MATERIAL ON THE ABOVE STATED TOPICS. YOUR KIND AND POSITIVE RESPONCE WILL BE APPRECIATED. THANK YOU.
YOURS FAITHFULLY,
ANNE MURUGI MUNYUA

daer ann
hope u did get ur problem solved could pliz share
wid me coz iam a masters student in graphic design
takling the project grahically thanx.

Ann Murugi please do ur homewk.You are cheating.By

Politicians should be kicked out for thise process to be clean.They are using thise problems to benefit themselves. We need caring leaders not the hyenas we currently have. May the Lord open Kenyans eyes to see the truth about this leaders. We are sick of them.

How about taking away all the land maliciously looted by the government officials and locating to these innocent peolpe that are being evicted. We need the forest but our people needs home. Yet the some people own chunks of land that they inherited from the criminal politicians/relatives/

Let there be peace as we try to digest all these messs Love our neighbours as we love ourselves.Mungu ibariki Kenya.

all human beings in the Mau complex should stop pretending that they have no place to go. let them move and leave the mau at peace:my life, your life our life.anybody against the will of relocating people is advocating for extinction of kenyan race. people should stop encroaching forest land which form major water towers and above all, ecosystems for fauna-wildlife.

infact the significance of mau forest may make me conclude that God lives in the Mau complex.im an undergraduate at kenyatta university and imagine ican notice this, but learned fellows with phds still posses land in mau. are u crazy? why dont u attempt to move away from mau where God dwells? u need more teaches lk relocation or u become idps

politician and big people should not be compensated greedy

The truth of the matter is that the greatest beneficiaries of mau forest are the people whom soon after the degazetment of the area now under the
settlement were sold trees for timber.
The trees were being harvested day and night
with mobile sawmilling machines by tractors
.Several hactares were destroyed.The beneficiaries
of the great lucrative business should be involved
in the rehabilitation process since the
forest has been intact upto the time they were
involved in the destruction.The forest department
shoud be keeping the records since they were
collecting revenues.The exercise took place
all through 1998 to 2002during which settlers
were given tittles.’MAU DESTRUCTION’ is like
crying fo spilt milk


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