Monday, June 24, 2019

A section of the Shamberere community plant trees at the Technical Training Institute, following the launch of the planting season by CS Keriako Tobiko.

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry Mr. Keriako Tobiko has decried the low tree cover in western Kenya region despite a favourable climate.
He called upon all stakeholders to combine efforts to increase the 6.7 per cent average tree cover in the region’s four counties.
The CS noted that Busia had the lowest  cover with 1.01 percentage compared to Kakamega with 9.81 percent. Others are Bungoma 9.0 percent and Vihiga 9.77 percent. There is no gazetted government forest in Busia and all tree cover is on private farm lands.
Speaking while on the second day of short rains national tree planting held at shamberere Technical Training Institute in Kakamega the CS underscored his Ministry’s commitment to grow over 5 million trees annually for the next 5 years in a bid to achieve 10 percent tree cover by 2022.
Mr.Tobiko challenged educational Institutions in the region to venture into renewable energy solutions that were enviromentally friendly.
He lauded  Sang’alo Institute of Science and Technology in Bungoma county who had innovated a solar powered lawn mower , solar pump and water heating system and appealed.
The CS said that the government would soon introduce environmental education into school curriculum in order to inculcate the culture of clean environment in all young kenyans.
He said environment matters were critical to the country’s future and they should be managed at the grassroots level by ”nyumba Kumi” security committees .
Mr. Tobiko urged all education institutions to comply with the presidential directive to set aside 10 percent of their Institutions land for tree planting.
The CS was accompanied by the chairman of Kenya Forest Service chairman Peter Kinyua, chairman National Environment Fund Moses Akaranga, Secretary National Environment Complaints Committee Secretary John Chumo, Chief Conservator of Forests Monica Kalenda among others.

CS Keriako Tobiko and Rhino Ark CEO Christian Lambrechts Inspect Kakamega Forest after launch of national short rains tree planting in western Kenya.This forest is set to be fenced off through a joint venture of Kakamega County Government and Rhino Ark Foundation to protect it from encroachment.

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