Wednesday, September 30, 2020
The PS, Dr. Chris Kiptoo and World Marathon record holder, Eliud Kipchoge, preparing to take part in the 2minutes tree planting challenge in Kaptagat forest.

The PS, Dr. Chris Kiptoo and World Marathon record holder, Eliud Kipchoge, preparing to take part in the 2minutes tree planting challenge in Kaptagat forest.

The PS has said in order to plant 1. 8 billion trees by 2022 which will in turn translate to the country’s 10% forest cover,  CFAs must establish tree nurseries to rehabilitate water towers and the other ecosystems.

Speaking today at Kaptagat Forest, during  a teaser tree planting marathon, with renown world marathon record holder and Olympic Champion Eliud Kipchoge , the PS called on Kenyans to enhance reforestation activities in farmlands and engage in farming practises that boost production and saferguard environment.
He said the kick off challenge with Kipchoge will  be culminated with a national tree planting campaign that will galvanize Kenyans to beat the World Guinness Book of Records  by planting the highest number of trees in less than two hours.
Dr. Kiptoo said the government was keen in not only planting trees but also in protecting and maintenance of planted areas, to ensure  good survival and enhance restocking capacity.
The PS said according to the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Eliud Kipchoge Foundation and the Kenya Forest Service to rehabilitate 50.8ha, the forest will be fenced off to ensure regulated access, reduce degradation, encourage the cut and carry and control overgrazing, this he said will open opportunities for ecotourism and visitations for recreation and sporting; and rebrand the status of the Kaptagat  on the global scale.
The PS applauded Eliud Kipchonge for adopting 50.8ha of part of Kaptagat forest and partnering with Kenya Forest Service to give lead in intergration of sporting and conservation activities.
“ I would like to urge our sports people to join the government in promotion of conservation of our forests  through sportmanship activities while recognising the critical role the forests play in molding our sports men and women” He said.
On his part Kipchoge said sports and environment are intertwined and training in polluted environment will definitely affect sportsmen and women, He challenged fellow athletes to join the government in restoring Kaptagat Forest saying if the forest  disappears so will the best high altitude training site in the world.
“ Am happy 1:59 has inspired forest conservation. Sports and environmental conservation are joined at the hip, you cannot run in a polluted environment. This challenge, therefore, should inspire us in life to make a difference even one second or those two minutes are critical.” Said the Olympic Champion.
“Look at this economically in two minutes you plant 20 trees in your farm, then give it time and get 20,000 per tree. If you Dedicate two minutes every day to planting trees, imagine the economic and ecological impact?” Abraham Barsosio – CEC for Environment , Elgeiyo Marakwet County.
During the teaser marathon 9 competitors took park in the teaser event , they included Olympic Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge ,Ministry of Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Dr. Chris Kiptoo, Jackson Kiplagat representing World Wide Fund for Nature – Kenya (WWF-Kenya), Rashid Kosgei representing Kenya Riders – founders #Cyclig4Forests initiative and a community representative, the Elgeiyo Marakwet County CEC Environment Abraham Barsosio was the winner he managed to plant 17 tree under two minutes, while PS Kiptoo and Kipchoge tied with  14 under two minutes.
Present during the event were Kenya Forestry Research Institute    Board Chairman Dr. Sammy Letema, North Rift Head of Conservancy Antony Musyoka, Ministry of Environment Deputy Director of Programs ,Projects and Strategic Initiatives Kennedy Olwasi, Mr. Jackson Kiplagat – Manager Sustainable investments Programme, WWF-Kenya and members of the Kenya Riders Professional team among others.
The PS, Dr. Chris Kiptoo assists Dr. Eliud Kipchoge, the fastest man in the World in planting a commemorative tree at the Kaptagat forest.

The PS, Dr. Chris Kiptoo assists Dr. Eliud Kipchoge, the fastest man in the World in planting a commemorative tree at the Kaptagat forest.

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