Monday, May 25, 2020
A group photo of top government officials who took part in the Ngong Hills. The exercise was led by Dr. Kinyua and some Principal Secretaries.

A group photo of top government officials who took part in the Ngong Hills. The exercise was led by Dr. Kinyua and some Principal Secretaries.

The Ministry of Environment has firmed up the national the national tree planting campaign, with a passionate appeal to corporate organizations, Institutions and Kenyans at large to support the efforts to increase forest cover and implementation of re-afforestation programmes.

In the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic which led to the down scaling of the national tree planting activities, the ministry is now concentrating efforts in the Nairobi metropolitan area, while regional heads of conservancies are spearheading tree planting activities within their areas of jurisdiction.

Top government officials have been taking lead in the tree planting exercise being held across the Nairobi Metropolitan, speaking during a tree planting exercise at Ngong Hills, Chief of Staff and Head of public Service Dr. Joseph Kinyua has called on Ministries, Departments, and Agencies, County Governments, Civil Society Organizations as well as the Private sector to join in this noble journey to reclaim forest treasures and increase the country’s forest cover.

Dr. Kinyua said Ministries, Departments and Agencies should support tree planting efforts in public forest areas while families and individuals are encouraged to plant trees on their land, he called on Kenya Forest Service to facilitate tree planting in public forest land by families and individuals living close to public forests.

Chief of Staff and Head of public Service Dr. Joseph Kinyua plants a tree at Ngong Hills , Dr. Kinyua led a delegation of top government officials including Principal Secretaries in a tree planting exercise.

Chief of Staff and Head of public Service Dr. Joseph Kinyua plants a tree at Ngong Hills , Dr. Kinyua led a delegation of top government officials including Principal Secretaries in a tree planting exercise.

“We need to protect our water catchment areas by planting the right species of trees and undertaking massive afforestation programs targeting degraded forest landscapes and the farmlands. I am informed these interventions have the capacity to address the devastating floods and landslides that we have witnessed in the country”.

During the exercise 4000 trees were planted, Environment PS Dr. Chris K Kiptoo said that Ngong Hills Forest is an important water source for Nairobi and the site serves as a recreation center which needs to be rehabilitated to its original pristine state.

Present during the exercise where Principal Secretaries Public Service -Mary Kimonye, Prof Fred Segor- Wildlife, PS Broadcasting- Esther Koimmet,  Deputy Head if Public Service Wanyama Musyiambo, Environment Chief Administrative Secretary Hon. Mohamed Elmi, Principal Administrative Secretary-Interior Ken Kihara, Chief Conservator of Forests-Julius Kamau and Representatives from other state agencies.

Deputy Head of public Service Wanyama Musiambo in readiness to plant a tree at Ngong Hills.

Deputy Head of public Service Wanyama Musiambo in readiness to plant a tree at Ngong Hills.

 

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