Friday, August 17, 2018

 

DP William Ruto upon arrival of Kwale primary school where he was led by various leaders to plant a tree.

The Deputy President Mr. William Ruto has directed the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to initiate monthly cleanup exercises in all counties in order to reduce pollution and enhance aesthetic value of the environment.

He said an annual national cleanup day will be established to take place every September and appealed to all Kenyans to embrace alternative carrier bags following a government ban on plastics last year. Plastics have been the main pollutant of the environment in the country clogging drainages, killing livestock and threatening the entire ecosystem.

The Deputy President announced that the government would set aside money in the Environmental budget to expand mangrove forests alongside planting other tree species in the coast region in a bid to conserve the environment and step up climate change mitigation.
Mr. Ruto was speaking at Baraza Park in Kwale town, during this year’s celebrations of the World Environment Day whose theme was ‘’ Lets beat plastic pollution and green the blue’’.

He noted that the government would not rescind the ban on plastics and urged manufacturers to expedite the newly introduced take back scheme on used plastic bottles in a bid to promote reuse and recycling.

Earlier, Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko said Kenya had the potential of leading the world in climate change mitigation through planting of mangrove trees on a 60,000 hectare degraded piece of land in Kwale County.

DP William Ruto addresses leaders after he planted a tree at Kwale Primary School to mark World Environment Day.

He commended a local conservation community project dubbed Mikoko Pamoja in Gazi village, for spearheading a carbon credits export program that earned them millions of shillings.

Mangrove trees he noted had a 10 times more carbon sequestration rate  compared to other terrestrial forests.
The CS said that all the government’s big four agenda items of affordable housing; manufacturing, universal health and food security depended on the Environment, calling for concerted and consistent conservation efforts.

The WED celebrations were attended by the Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary mr. Charles Sunkuli, Kwale governor Mr. Salim Mvurya, National Environment Management (NEMA) chairman Mr. John Konchellah and NEMA Director General Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu among others.

Deputy president William Ruto is welcomed to Kwale baraza park by CS Keriako Tobiko to preside over the Wprld Environment Day. Looking on is Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya

 

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