The US has launched a project aimed at encouraging the participation of local communities in the restoration of Mau Forest.
The project, sponsored by USAid, is also designed to improve local livelihoods and define individuals and communities’ rights to land.
Officials said the project titled the Pro-Mara programme is expected to be operational in March 2011 and will run for 18 months. Currently, the programme is undergoing a four-month preparation phase that will be concluded in February 2011.
The programme that will be concentrated on Mara River catchment areas of Molo, Kuresoi and Narok North also seeks to address land conflicts in the region.
Speaking in Nakuru, Rift Valley PC Osman Warfa said the Government would guard the gains it had made in the reconciliation process.