Thursday, August 24, 2017
The PS and the Chair of the Board of Director AFEW-Kenya presents a trophy to one of the winners.

The PS and the Chair of the Board of Director AFEW-Kenya presents a trophy to one of the winners.

The government has asked Kenyans across the country to plant more trees in order to meet the Constitutional and the Global requirement of 10 percent forest cover, which currently stands at 7.2 percent.

Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary (CS) Prof. Judi Wakhungu on Friday said the efforts by Kenyans to invest in tree plantation would supplement the strategies undertaken by the government to meet the requirement.

In a speech read on her behalf by Natural Resources Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima during the commemoration of Environmental Awards Day held at AFEW- Kenya, the CS said her Ministry has put in place effective measures to  combat environmental challenges  facing the country, among them  sensitization and awareness creation.

“In the view of the same, my Ministry through the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), Department of Environmental Education, Information and Public Participation (EEIPP), has provided strategies for education and awareness creation activities as well as services for sustainable environmental conservation,” she added.

She lauded the initiatives undertaken by the Education Ministry, saying its move to develop an educational curriculum that promotes sustainable education and learning in schools is a major step forward towards up scaling environmental conservation.

The PS is welcomed at event.

The PS is welcomed at event.

The Cabinet Secretary cited environmental degradation as one of the greatest threats facing the country, through unsustainable human activities, extreme weather conditions and the effects of climate change among others.

Prof. Wakhungu said that unless the government moves with speed to address these challenges, it would be very difficult for Kenya  to realize her  desired social-economic benefits and the objectives and aspirations of the vision 2030.

During the occasion, Bildad Tom Ochieng from Maseno School was awarded as the overall Environment Master 2017, while Caroline Mwende Gitonga from Moi University Annexe scooped the overall Miss Environment 2017.

Also honoured was Geoffrey Karani from Rare Gem Talent School in Kitengela,who won the Merit Award Winner 2017.

 

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