Monday, 17 October 2016
Summary of the 11th Scientific Conference of Forestry Society of Kenya (FSK).
The 11th Scientific Conference of FSK took place from 27-30 September in Eldoret, Kenya. The FSK is a membership organization of professional foresters in Kenya.
It is an autonomous, non-profit organization whose memberships include top government officials from Kenya Forest Service (KFS), Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), universities dealing with natural resources management in Kenya, wood companies, county government representatives and key Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations (ENGOs) in Kenya.
The FSC East Africa sub-regional coordinator, Paul Opanga, engaged with approximately 150 delegates who attended FSK conference though a presentation.
The presentation was designed to enhance awareness of FSC in the country and touched on a variety of topics including a brief introduction to FSC, the 10 FSC principles, FSC benefits and impacts, the history of FSC in Kenya and the importance of FSC Friday as an event which requires the attention of key stakeholders in forestry management in Kenya. Informative posters were also distributed to the participants.
A key outcome of the conference was the recommendation that there is a need to develop a National Forest Stewardship Standard for Kenya in partnership with lead state agencies, including but not limited to Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI).