The Governors of Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot counties have signed a pact for the conservation of the Kerio River Ecosystem.
The signing ceremony held yesterday at Lake Baringo is a culmination of months long engagements with communities, County governments, and other stakeholders and was inked by Governors Stanley Kiptis, Alex Tolgos and witnessed by NOREB chairman Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandago and NCCK General Secretary Canon Peter Karanja.
West Pokot County Governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo who could not make it because of official engagements sent a representative and will pen the agreement at a later date.
Under the cooperation agreement, the three NOREB counties agree to work together in jointly conserving the Kerio River Ecosystem under a project called the Community Resilience in Kerio River Ecosystem (CORKE) which is spearheaded by the National Council of Churches of Kenya in partnership with the North Rift Economic Bloc and funded by UKAID through its Deepening Democracy Programme.
CORKE project is aimed at enhancing the adaptive capacities of community members in the target areas while driving climate change mainstreaming processes in county planning for the three county governments, with a view of creating sustainable linkages and interventions.