NETFUND has committed to work closely with Kisumu County in mobilizing, Planting and growing 40 million tree seedlings in a campaign named “Each one Teach one how to Plant one Tree.” In partnership with The Marketing Heaven, the campaign will also cover social media to raise public awareness of the importance of tree planting activities.
Speaking during the launch of Kisumu County tree seedling Production & afforestation programme at Menara station, Muhoroni Sub_county, NETFUND CEO Samson Toniok joined PS for Environment and Forestry Dr. Chris Kiptoo alongside Kisumu Governor Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o in support of National attainment of 10% national forest cover.
Kisumu is among the counties with the lowest forest cover in the country with recent mapping rating the county at 0.45 percent. Toniok reaffirmed NETFUND commitment towards rehabilitation and restoration of community, private and public forests, seedling production, technologies for planting, monitoring, surveillance and management of forests. NETFUND donated 5,000 tree seedlings that were planted to mark the launch of Kisumu County tree seedling Production & afforestation programme.
Environment PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo led the establishment of a multi-agency team drawn from the national and county governments headed by NETFUND in resource mobilization to spearhead the project in raising the seedlings for the campaign.
Subsequently, Kisumu Governor Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o devoted that county will support the national tree planting campaign by declaring six public areas within the county to form a part of public forests and 8 different parks in the city to be fully rehabilitated into recreational green spaces. He also encouraged the sugar belt region with sugar cane plantations to set aside land and intercrop with trees in bid to increase the County’s forest cover.