Ban Charcoal Trade to Save Mombasa Water Catchments, Joho Told by activists from Mombasa.
Activists on Thursday, 22nd March 2018 implored upon Mombasa County Governor Hassan Joho to ban charcoal sale within his county just his Kitui and Kajiado counterpart in an attempt to save the water catchment areas.
The rights activist group, led by Muslim for Human Rights, said this will deprive loggers of a market and consequently conserve the region’s water catchment areas.
In their message for the World Water Day, Mr. Muhuri said charcoal sale has a negative impact on forest cover and acreage in Kwale County and Kilifi County making Mombasa and its surrounding prone to water shortages.
Mr. Muhuri executive director Hassan Abdille said Mombasa will play a major role in environmental pollution if it continues to provide a ready market for charcoal dealers.
“Mombasa should join the likes of Tana River and Kitui Counties which has banned the charcoal trade. Let the county promote alternative biodegradable fuel products,” he added.
The theme of this year’s World Water Day is: “Nature for Water — exploring nature based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st Century”. Abdille said efforts to conserve the environment is a necessary venture and urged the government to invest in best practices in protecting it.
“Initiative like logging should be minimised in our forests and must be environmentally friendly,” the activist said.