Vihiga County, October 11, 2023 – The National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND), in collaboration with the Maragoli Hills Community Forest Association (CFA), embarked on a significant endeavor to rejuvenate the Maragoli Hills through a reforestation marathon. Hon. David Mwaure, Chair of the NETFUND Board of Trustees, and the Prime Cabinet Secretary and CS Foreign and Diaspora Affairs Hon. Musalia Mudavadi, spearheaded the launch of this ambitious project at Inyanza Primary School in Vihiga County.
The primary objective of this initiative is to contribute to the broader national effort to plant 15 billion trees by 2032. To support this goal, NETFUND donated 5,000 tree seedlings, reinforcing their commitment to restoring Kenya’s natural landscapes. Currently, Kenya’s tree cover stands at 12.13 percent, well below the 30 percent target set for 2032.
During the launch event, Prime CS Musalia Mudavadi emphasized the importance of implementing measures that prioritize environmental conservation, livelihood protection, and securing a prosperous future for generations to come. He called upon all Stakeholders to unite in the endeavor to restore the Maragoli Hills to their former glory, marked by lush greenery, abundant wildlife, and pristine landscapes. These efforts aim to recreate the days when the Maragoli Hills were adorned with towering oaks, Teak trees, Nandi Flames, Meru Oaks, and numerous valuable indigenous tree species, accompanied by the soothing sound of fresh streams flowing to the nearby villages.
The Maragoli Hills Reforestation Marathon represents a significant step towards achieving the nation’s environmental goals and safeguarding the natural heritage of Kenya. With collaborative efforts from government agencies, organizations, and local communities, it is anticipated that this endeavor will significantly contribute to the restoration of Kenya’s ecosystems and the protection of its invaluable natural resources.