As NETFUND continues to encourage people living in Kenya to grow trees, our Board members and staff have continued to plant their own share to increase the country’s forest cover to 10% by 2022.
In the short rains of 2018 (October to December), NETFUND together with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry 12,000 tree seedlings in Machokos, Narok, Isiolo and Marsabit counties of Kenya. Another 7,000 tree seedlings were distributed to community groups for planting during the short rains tree planting season, whose theme was “Panda miti, boresha maisha” which means “plant trees, improve life”.
In 2017 NETFUND participated in the National Tree planting campaign whose theme was “Panda miti, penda Kenya” which loosely translated means “Plant trees, love Kenya”. The Ministry of Environment and Forestry’s target is to plant at least 235 million trees by 2022 with a minimum of 1,000,000 per county per year for five years.
The following are specific areas where NETFUND undertook the tree planting campaign:
- 1,500 trees planted in Ngong Road Forest
- 1,000 trees planted in Nyamira county
- 5,000 trees planted in Chepalungu forest Bomet County
- 7,000 trees planted in Kamatira forest West Pokot
The goal of the tree planting initiative was to contribute to the conservation of the water towers and reduction of poverty levels in Bomet that is part of the Mau Water Tower as pilot regions. More than 20,000 tree seedlings were planted by more than 200 farmers as well as 800 tree seedlings planted by two schools (Chemaner and Kipkoligo). An assorted certified seeds were also purchased from KEFRI and given to famers, and as a result more than 63 nursery beds established comprising of different species of indigenous trees. Currently, farmers are selling extra seedlings to get income as well as donating some to those who deserve on request.