Sunday, May 27, 2018
Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Judi Wakhungu(Centre), Abbas Gullet KRCS Sec.General(left) and Emilio Mugo KFS Director, at the launch of the Guinness World record for planting five million trees in one hour.

Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Judi Wakhungu(Centre), Abbas Gullet KRCS Sec.General(left) and Emilio Mugo KFS Director, at the launch of the Guinness World record for planting five million trees in one hour.

The Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, the Kenya Red Cross Society and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, are pursuing a programme aimed at planting 2.5 Billion trees by the year 2030.

While Launching the Guinness World Records Tree Challenge for planting five million trees in one hour at Serena Hotel, Nairobi, on 9th August 2016, the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Environment and Natural Resource Prof. Judi Wakhungu, said that Kenya’s current forestry covers falls below the global convention of 10% and with the increasing poverty demand, arable land and rapid population growth, the situation is deemed to get worse.

“To realize the goal of planting 2.5 Billion trees by 2030, the Cs said, the Ministry partners’ and stakeholders will undertake various initiatives, one of them being the planting of marathon five Million trees in one hour in early November 2016” Prof. said.

The Cs added that since the launch of sustainable Environment and Restoration programme (SERP) in 2014, a number of initiatives have been undertaken by partners, including growing of trees in degraded Ecosystem, restoration of water catchments and basins, waste management and climate information and early warning campaigns in both urban and rural areas.

By planting a tree, Kenyans will contribute immensely to the attainment of Kenya vision 2030 and increase the capacity to adapt the impact of climate change, combat desertification, guarantee water, food security and live hood by conserving water catchments

The Kenyans Red Cross society (KRCS) launch of a tree planting marathon is aimed at breaking the Guinness world record by planting five million trees in one hour. This is to also encourage Kenyans to plant ecological suitable trees species simultaneously at Kiambere Dam.

Wakhungu at the same time witnessed the KRCS and partners launch of Adopt-A- Tree APP, an online platform to enable users to participate in the conservation and restoration of the Environment.

In attendance were Abbas Gullet Secretary General (KRCS), Emillio Mugo, Director (KFS) and Gina Din Kariuki, among others.

Striking a deal for planting Five Million Trees in One Hour at Serena Hotel on 9th August 2016. This Programme is aimed at planting 2.5 billion trees and wood shrubs by the year 2030.

Striking a deal for planting Five Million Trees in One Hour at Serena Hotel on 9th August 2016. This Programme is aimed at planting 2.5 billion trees and wood shrubs by the year 2030.

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Environment Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia flanked by Tata Chemicals Magadi MD Eng. Jack Mbui at the Lake Magadi Restoration Programme Committee meeting

Environment Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia flanked by Tata Chemicals Magadi MD Eng. Jack Mbui at the Lake Magadi Restoration Programme Committee meeting

Environment Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia has said the economic significance of Lake Magadi which is under ecological threat cannot be overemphasized considering the Natural resource earns the economy over US $ 90 million of revenue annually through exports of soda ash.

The ES spoke at the Lake Magadi Restoration Program Committee meeting in Magadi where she reiterated Tata Chemicals Company limited’s role in revenue generation and livelihood improvement. “The company is a source of livelihood for over 30,000 local residents through direct employment, water provision, education, health services and support for small and medium enterprises” She noted.

Deep gullies formed due to soil erosionKenya is the largest producer of soda ash in Africa and third largest natural soda ash producer in the world, mining Trona (raw material for soda ash) in Lake Magadi. It dates back to 1911 when Magadi soda now Tata Chemicals Limited set up the first plant.

Environment Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia samples water in lake Magadi which is under ecological threat

Environment Secretary Dr. Alice Kaudia samples water in lake Magadi which is under ecological threat

Over the years both the depth and extent of the lake has decreased tremendously due to sedimentation. About 20 Km of the northern part of the lake is silted. Scientists have established that the siltation was as a result of environmental degradation and poor farming practices in upper and lower catchment areas of Narok and Kajiado counties.

The areas contributing to siltation of Lake Magadi comprise of upper and lower catchment covering Keekonyokie and Suswa wards of Narok East Constituency. Others include the middle catchment covering Mosiro in Narok East, Ewuaso-oo Nkidongi and Mosiro wards of Kajiado west constituency where huge parcels of land are open for cultivation resulting to high volumes of runoff, soil erosion and formation of deep gullies.

According to Tata Chemicals Project Manager Eng. Francis Sakimpa an estimated 8,000 tonnes of sediments are deposited in the Lake every time there is a storm with flash floods. Increased sediments have led to the company’s increased cost of production due to high impurities in Trona.

The committee on restoration of the lake which draw  membership from the Ministry of Environment, Tata Chemicals Limited, Community representatives and Ewaso Ngiro South Development Authority (ENSDA) designed a three year work plan on restoration activities in Narok and Kajiado counties.

 

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