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Restoring Emsoo Dam | GreenPot

Restoring Emsoo Dam

July 29th, 2016

The conversation on development cannot be had without talking about sustainability. As one UNCTAD representative said last week at a ministerial round table on fostering green economies, “Development must respect planetary boundaries”. As GreenPot, it is important that we not only contribute the social and environmental welfare of the nation but that we educate others on how they can contribute too using bamboo. “Bamboo is a powerful ally for restoring degraded landscapes”…. Read more about how this in this quarter's newsletter Yesterday, the GreenPot outreach team was in Elgeyo Marakwet County for a tree planting activity aimed at Conserving Emsoo Dam; 1850 bamboo seedlings were planted. Bamboo was a natural choice due to its ability to prevent erosion in wetlands and the mulching effect of its leaves. The dam is the only major dam on Emsoo River and the catchment areas surrounding it need rehabilitation through tree planting.
Harvested bamboo, 18 metres long

Harvested bamboo, 18 metres long

Last year, residents staged a protest against the willful destruction of forests in the area which has affecting water levels of the Emsoo dam, that serves thousands of people in Kerio Valley which is semi-arid. The tree (bamboo) planting event was hosted by County Governer, Eng Alex Tolgos and attended by community members and stakeholders. These included Kenya Forest Service , Emsoo WRUA, NEMA, local CFAs(Community Forest Associations), local women’s groups, sawmillers, World Vision and Green Pot Enterprises.

"This is how it's done", a little help from Sintakoi of GPE

18 metres long IMG-20160728-WA0018 It was encouraging to see locals take ownership of this activity as it will impact the quality of life of future generations. Elgeyo Marakwet is one of the counties where GPE is engaging out-growers. Learn more about our outreach programme here

4 Responses to “Restoring Emsoo Dam”

  1. Luka Keitany Says:

    I need to know more about planting bamboo. I’m interested and have one giant bamboo tree.

  2. green_admin Says:

    Thank you Luka for your interests http://greenpotenterprises.com/faqs/ kindly read the link and find some more information on bamboo. Also kindly share your contacts to info@greenpotenterprises.com

  3. Shadrac Buluku Says:

    I need to know more about planting

  4. green_admin Says:

    Thank you Sharac for your comment http://greenpotenterprises.com/faqs/ kindly look through our FAQs and other blog posts on bamboo. You can also visit our offices in Nairobi, Narok and Nyeri kindly call us on 0737 933 955 or 0729 933 955 for more information.

by Jessica Mukiri|July 29th, 2016|Blog|4 Comments
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