MINISTRY OF FORESTRY,
RANGE AND SOIL
CONSERVATION
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MISSION STATEMENT

To attain, through actions consistent with other sectoral policies and development goals, the sustainable development and management of rangeland resources for the enhanced biodiversity, optimum productivity and improved livelihoods of the present and future generations.

KEY GOALS

  • To decrease rangelands under poor management by 10 % (1 310 00) from 1 310 000ha to 1 179 000ha by 2014
  • To reduce the amount of soil eroding by 50% from 40 tonnes per hectare per annum on 150,000ha by 2014
  • To increase linkages with stakeholders in the rangeland sector

OBJECTIVES

  • To raise public awareness and promote community and wider stakeholders’ active participation in rangeland resources management.
  • To develop and implement efficient and effective strategies to avert land and vegetation degradation.
  • To improve and maintain productivity of rangeland resources at optimum level so as to promote ecosystems balance.
  • To rehabilitate and improve the quality of rangeland so as to enhance productivity of livestock and wildlife habitat.
  • To conserve and increase the availability of native plant species for economic, social and cultural utilisation.
  • To protect water resources and improve the water quality and yield.
  • To enhance the aesthetic beauty of the landscape to increase opportunities for sustainable recreation and ecotourism.
  • To improve income opportunities and quality of life of the rural communities.
  • To promote disaster (wild fires, drought etc) risk reduction, gender equity, as well as HIV and AIDS mainstreaming in range resources management.¬†

KEY ACTIVITIES

  • Public education on range management
  • Establishment of Range Management Areas/ Grazing Association and Village Grazing Schemes
  • Range Rehabilitation and Improvement
  • Range Assessment, Inventory, Planning and Monitoring
  • Liaison with other relevant stakeholders on grazing control issues
  • Wetland areas protection and conservation
  • Fire management and control on rangelands