Monday, December 6, 2021
PS Dr. Kiptoo with leaders of the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya in his office. The council members have pledged to support the government in the national tree planting by raising awareness, tree planting and raising of seedings.

PS Dr. Kiptoo with leaders of the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya in his office. The council members have pledged to support the government in the national tree planting by raising awareness, tree planting and raising of seedings.

The government has appealed to the religious organizations to use the huge resources they have to support the governments bid to increase the country’s forest cover. The religious organizations in the country has vast land, massive followers and other resources that the Ministry of Environment and Forestry wants to tap and enhance forest cover from the current 7.2% to 10% by 2022.

“We are seeking partnership with the religious leaders to help us in the ongoing tree planting campaign through mobilization of resources , the church has massive land for seedling production and tree planting, water and their big asset of the people,” said Dr. Chris Kiptoo. The PS made the remarks when he met with representatives from the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya.

Among those who attended the meetings include Alfred Gichu, the acting Conservation Secretary, Kenya Forest Research Institute, Deputy Director Dr. Jane Njuguna, and Reverend Father Joseph Mutie, the Interreligious council of Kenya chairman.

The interreligious council of Kenya brings together nine religious coordinating bodies.

Dr. Kiptoo said in order to achieve the 10 percent forest cover, two billion trees needs to be planted, while there an urgent need for landscape restoration, mitigation of climate change and restoration of degraded forests.

PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo speak during the me, the PS urged the leaders to lobby their followers and to utilize their massive land for tree plan, in a bid to increase the country’s forest cover to 10% by 2022.

PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo speak during the me, the PS urged the leaders to lobby their followers and to utilize their massive land for tree plan, in a bid to increase the country’s forest cover to 10% by 2022.

The PS said that, the Covid-19 pandemic has proved that the there are three cross-cutting issues of climate change, loss of biodiversity and pollution, and the government is seeking partnership in specific areas.

The PS regretted that the rate of cutting down trees was higher than that of planting and appealed to Kenyans to consider alternative sources of energy and also ensure continuous tree planting to bridge the shortfall.

Acting Conservation Secretary Alfred Gichu said to achieve target there is need for a broad stakeholder engagement, and the ministry recognizes the need to tap into religious communities.

Dr, Njuguna on her part said that KFRI will offer technical support for the setting up of tree nurseries to deliver the 1.8 billion seedlings required to attain 10% forest cover by 2022.

Reverend Father Joseph Mutie said the Inter-Religious Council is seeking partnership with the Ministry of Environment, in tree planting, environmental awareness, seedling production among other areas.

The Chairman of the Council explains a point, during the meeting.

The Chairman of the Council explains a point, during the meeting.

 

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