Campaign to Increase Kenya’s Forest Cover
The Ministry of Environment led by the Cabinet Secretary, Keriako Tobiko, launched a national tree planting exercise at the Ngong’ Forest reserve on March 7, 2018 with similar exercises expected to place across the country.
The launch that was part of a campaign to increase the forest cover to 10% by the year 2022 involved various organizations, among them Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS), National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), Kenya Forest Service (KFS), Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), Kenya Water Towers Agency (KWTA), National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND) and Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD). Each organization was tasked to plant 1,000 seedlings, totaling to 10,000 trees.
The exercise followed the launch of the Forest Resources Management and Logging Activities Task Force by the Deputy President H.E. William Ruto on March 5, 2018 that was purposed to protect forests and water catchment areas from degradation.
“We should all join hands as Kenyans to ensure that we plant as many trees as possible to reverse environmental degradation by doubling forest cover,” CS Keriako Tobiko emphasized during the launch.
KRCS Nairobi and Karen Langata branch volunteers participated in the tree planting exercise at Ngong’ Forest Reserve, planting 1,000 tree seedlings. KRCS, Kenya Forest service and the FORD CMCs motors and County Government of Migori had established a tree nursery project in Migori County.
The nursery has a capacity of 500,000 tree seedlings with over 50,000 seedlings already established, aimed supporting the reforestation efforts in the county.