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Lake Kamnarok set for major restoration, ministry announces

Elgeyo Marakwet government has announced an ambitious plan to rehabilitate Lake Kamnarok. Water and Environment executive Jason Lagat said plans are underway to reverse threats facing the lake. He said his administration will work closely with Baringo county to rehabilitate the 87.3 square kilometre lake, which borders Rimoi National Game Reserve. “Lake Kamnarok is facing extinction due to the silt going downstream. We are encouraging our people on the escapement to ensure that we have many conservation activities," Lagat said. "One of the strategies we will undertake is to build buffer zones." In March, there were reports that 10,000 crocodiles had died in the lake after it dried out. The environment boss said indigenous trees will be planted around the lake to protect it. “We will plant specific species of trees on the buffer zones. We have already put our focus on coffee because it does very well," he said. Lake Kamnarok has over the years been a national tourist attraction, it has hosted more than 1,500 rare white crocodiles. The crocodiles were the second largest population of reptiles in the world after Lake Chad. Today, the lake is a pale shadow of its past. https://www.the-star.co.ke/counties/nyanza/2023-12-19-move-to-restore-lakes-lost-glory-on-course/

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  • winnie nguru

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    The change we need. We await the results

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    • Esther Wanjiku

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      Great to see the government really step in the restoration of Lake Kamnarok

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      • Johannes Luiga

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        Very good

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        • johnte ndeto

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          Water is life and restoring lake kamnarok is quite promising

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          • walter lungayi

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            Great news for the restoration of Lake Kamnarok! This initiative will undoubtedly have positive impacts on the local ecosystem and community.

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            • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

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              The ambitious plan to rehabilitate Lake Kamnarok in Elgeyo Marakwet is a crucial step in addressing the threats facing this vital ecosystem. The collaboration between Elgeyo Marakwet and Baringo counties demonstrates a commitment to conservation and the restoration of the 87.3 square-kilometer lake, which has faced challenges such as siltation and reported incidents of crocodile deaths. The focus on building buffer zones and planting indigenous trees, particularly coffee species, reflects a comprehensive strategy to protect and revive Lake Kamnarok. This restoration effort is essential not only for preserving biodiversity but also for revitalizing a once-thriving national tourist attraction.

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              • Elizabeth Gathigia

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                Great plans, the restoration will bring back life to lake kamnarok

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                • Rotich Kim

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                  This is great it will restore our biodiversity and attractive to more tourists both local and international

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                  • Princess

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                    This is a promising development.

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                    • CHRIS NGATIA

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                      @princess_nel_268 hope they can fulfill their promises

                    • George Kariuki

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                      The lake's decline, with the tragic loss of the white crocodiles, has been a heartbreaking ecological and economic blow.

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