Sunday, March 18, 2018

The CS fitting a safety helmet to one of the school girls from the area when she handed over bicycles donated to them by the Turkish International Cooperation Agency during the event.

Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu has called for partnership in upgrading of forest cover to 10 percent as envisaged in the Constitution and Vision 2030.

Speaking in Kakamega during the 3rd Edition of the Kakamega Forest Marathon held at Solyo School, the Cabinet Secretary said Stakeholders’ contribution will supplement  the efforts the Government has put in place to realize the 10 percent forest cover across the country.

She said her Ministry has in the last three years elevated tree cover to 7.2 percent up from five percent in 2013.

During the event, Prof. Wakhungu said that the Kenya Forest Service, in collaboration with the Communities and Stakeholders will plant approximately 135,847,254 seedlings in the Western Regime this season, adding that this forms part of the strategy adopted by the government to achieve the 10 percent target by 2030.

Prof. Wakhungu awards one the winners of the race at Ileho Primary School grounds.

Also present at the event were local leaders from the region among them the Chairperson of Water Services Trust Fund Musikari Kombo, Nairobi County Assembly Speaker  Beatrice Elachi and top Commanders from the Administration police service who were also co-sponsors of the event.

The race has been held yearly for the past three years to encourage the conservation of Kakamega forest which is the country’s only remaining tropical rain forest and also a remnant of the ancient Guineo-Congolian rainforest which once spanned the African Continent all the way from West to the East.





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