National Environment Trust Fund partnered with Green Spaces to establish and support the raising of tree nurseries in an effort to promote afforestation and reforestation in Kirinyaga County. Speaking at a tree planting event hosted by NETFUND, Mr. Wachira Kibanya who is a patron at Greenspaces, emphasized on the objective of the event which was to conserve the environment and create public awareness on the importance of forest conservation.
“The project’s main objective is to rehabilitate Mt. Kenya Forest and thereby help mitigate against effects of climate change”, he added.
A total of 6,000 indigenous trees were planted during the Tree planting event at Rukenya Dam, Kirinyaga County on 21st November, 2020. The project seeks to establish a mega seedlings nursery to raise 20,000 indigenous and exotic trees.
This event was in support of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry’s efforts to increase Kenya’s tree cover by the year 2022. In line with its vision of sustainable financing for environmental management in Kenya, NETFUND has partnered with numerous organizations, individuals and community groups to raise tree seedlings for tree planting across the country.
The National Tree planting initiative was launched by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta on May 12,2018. There has been a concerted institutional and multi-stakeholder support in attaining the target of 10% tree cover of the national land area, as provided under Article 69(1)(b) of the constitution of Kenya.