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Say NO to the proposed amendment to the Forest Conservation and Management Act

Say NO to the proposed amendment to the Forest Conservation and Management Act

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This petition has been created by Nature K. and may not represent the views of the Avaaz community.
Nature K.
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National Assembly of Kenya, Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya,
Why do members of parliament want to condemn Kenya and the world to an unbearably hot future by weakening the Forest Act?  

Nature Kenya OBJECTS to the proposed amendment to the Forest Conservation and Management Act contained in an amendment Bill 2021 published by Moses Cheboi, Chairperson of the Procedures and Rules Committee.

Say NO to this amendment!
  The World pleads with us to conserve forests!

According to the existing law a forest boundary can only be amended based on stakeholder consultations, environmental impact assessment report and recommendations to parliament by the Kenya Forest Service. The proposed amendment isseeking to take away the powers of the Kenya Forest Service. Instead, it allows anyone to petition for a boundary change to the Clerk of the National Assembly. 

The world is burning and forests are one tool to reduce the heat. It is dangerous to weaken the laws that protect our forests. It is dangerous to entrust the remaining forests to parliamentarians alone. World nations just agreed in the 2021 Climate Change meeting (CoP 26) to protect, conserve and increase tropical forests in order to reduce climate change. Kenya promised to halt deforestation by 2030.  

Removing Kenya Forest Service from decisions on forest boundaries is ill advised, ill-timed and will expose Kenya’s forests to greedy individuals whose actions could damage Kenya's water catchment areas, hydro-electricity, irrigated food and thereby human well-being and economic development.

  Nature Kenya – the East Africa Natural History Society – strongly OBJECTS to the proposed amendment to repeal section 34  (2A) of the Forest Conservation and Management Act 2016.   It reads:  A petition under subsection (1) shall only be forwarded to the National Assembly on the recommendation of the Service (Kenya Forest Service ”.This MUST be kept in the forest law.  

We urgently seek your support to SAY NO to this amendment bill!
  We need your urgent action as follows:  
  1. Sign this petition to support our call to reject the proposed Forest Conservation and Management (Amendment) Bill 2021.
  2. In addition to signing the petition, we ask you to submit objections to the proposed amendment bill. To do so, kindly go to this link: https://bit.ly/3nGHtdL
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