NETFUND plants 12,000 trees to increase national forest cover

National Environment Trust Fund has in this short rains season planted 12,000 trees in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and agencies.

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s recent announcement of a new national tree-planting drive was welcome by citizens, indicating the Government’s commitment to reversing the country’s worrying levels of deforestation. According to Kenya Forest Service (KFS), Currently, Kenya’s forest coverage stands at 7.6 per cent, below the target level of 10 per cent. The new campaign is seeking to produce and plant 360 million seedlings every year for the next five years.

The Ministry of Environment and Forestry in partnership with Ministry of Education, national and county governments, landowners, the private sector, communities and the civil society organizations is coordinating tree planting campaign themed “Panda Miti, Boresha Maisha” through build-up activities which will culminate in the national tree planting season launch across the country.

The Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MEF) Keriako Tobiko has constituted national teams from among its departments and Semi-Autonomous Government Agencies to spearhead the tree planting exercise. This team is moving to the identified counties, and linking-up with tree planting committees led by County Commissioners and Kenya Forest Service officers, County Governments and the other National Government officers in the counties to create synergies and sensitize Kenyans on the need to undertake tree growing by taking advantage of the 2018 short rains.

So far the build-up trees have been planted in the Western region including Busia, Bungoma, Kakamega, Vihiga, Kisumu, Siaya, Migori, Kisii, and Nyamira counties where over 50,000 tree seedlings have been planted.

Board Chairman atNETFUND HON Moses Akaranga waters a tree at Nambale grounds in Busia county

Presiding over tree planting exercise in Vihiga and Busia Counties, National Environment Trust Fund Board Chairman Hon. Rev. Moses Akaranga encouraged all leaders to be at the fore front of planting trees in their compounds.

Rev.Akaranga challenged the locals to plant trees to commemorate specialoccasions like weddings and birthdays. NETFUND recognizes the effectsof environmental degradation and has included tree planting in itsCorporate Social Responsibility. Together with other partners in thesector, NETFUND has rolled out a campaign, dubbed ‘Plant a Tree fora Greener Future’ with the aim to plant and sustain over twomillion trees across the country.

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