Saturday, March 23, 2019

Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko planting a tree at Ngong Forest reserve today as he kicked off a national tree planting exercise.
This is part of a strategic campaign to increase forest cover to 10% by the year 2022.

 The Ministry of Environment and Forestry has kicked off a national tree planting exercise as part of a strategic campaign to increase forest cover to 10% by the year 2022.

The Ministry Headquarters staff led by Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko, line agencies including the Kenya Forest Service (KFS), National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), Kenya Forest Research Institute (KEFRI), Kenya Meteorological Department and the Kenya Water Towers Agency today planted 10,000 trees at the Ngong’ Forest reserve.

The exercise will see the Ministry’s agencies plant and commit to adopt thousands of trees to celebrate the national tree planting campaign.

Speaking ahead of the event, Tobiko said the ministry will provide technical support for local public and private sector institutions taking part in the national tree planting campaign.

“All Kenyans, young and old are encouraged to go out and plant as many trees as possible this year as we seek to reverse environmental degradation by doubling forest cover,” Tobiko said. “As the national tree planting campaigns kicks off, we shall join hands with local corporates, schools, disciplined forces and individuals among others to ensure a sustained adoption of a tree planting and nurturing culture,” Tobiko added.

The national tree planting campaign comes hot on the heels of the recent commitment by the Council of Governors (CoG) to support the national government’s reforestation efforts.

Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko addressing the staff after launching the national tree planting exercise at Ngong Forest reserve. 10,000
trees were planted today by Ministry staff and line agencies that include NEMA, KWTA, KFS, KEFRI, KMD and PCC.

At an engagement session with Cabinet Secretary Tobiko on Monday, CoG Chairperson and Turkana Governor Joseph Nanok said the CoG has resolved to work with the national government to advance initiatives’ geared at promoting the restoration of forest cover.

The CoG, Nanok said will collaborate with the Minstry of Environment and Forestry to prepare a policy paper on logging and measures for both levels of government to adopt in order to control deforestation.

As part of the measures to facilitate forest resources restoration, the Government has also commissioned a multi-sectoral Task force comprising of eminent environmentalists and related experts to inquire into forest resources management and logging activities in Kenya. The taskforce that was commissioned on Monday by Deputy President, William Ruto has been mandated to determine the extent of environmental degradation and provide practical recommendations to ensure the sustainable restoration of forest resources.

The Taskforce will be chaired by The Green Belt Movement Chairperson, Mrs. Marion Wakanyi Kamau with Environment Institute of Kenya Vice Chairperson, Mrs Linda Munyao, Rhino Ark Charitable Trust Executive Director Christian Lambrechts, Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) CEO Mrs. Phyllis Wakiaga and Kenya Water Towers Agency Chairperson, Mr. Isaac Kalua serving as members.

Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko addressing the media after launching the national tree planting exercise at Ngong Forest reserve. 10,000
trees were planted today by Ministry staff and line agencies that include NEMA, KWTA, KFS, KEFRI, KMD and PCC.

Other members to the Taskforce include prominent corporate lawyer and KCB Bank Director, Mr. Adil Khawaja, Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) Environment, Water & Natural Resources Sector Board Chairperson, Mr. Duncan Kimani, COTU official Mr. Ernest Nadome and Lawyers Ms Faith Waigwa and Mr. Gideon Kilakoi.

 

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