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KEFRI Corporate Affairs and Quality Assurance Deputy Director Dr. Jackson Mulatya has said that the Kenya’s forest cover which stands at 7.02 per cent is too low compared to many other countries in the world,” he added.
Dr. Mulatya was speaking during this year’s Kenya’s national tree planting campaign launch for eastern region counties where he led various organizations in planting 3,000 tree seedlings at Kitui Central Primary School in Kitui Town on Friday, November 6, 2020.
Dr. Mulatya who represented the CS for Environment and Forestry Keriako Tobiko stated that citizens have destroyed the environment so badly that over 700 million trees are to be planted per year to attain the 10 percent forest cover by 2022.
Mulatya disclosed that Germany forest cover is 80 per cent, Finland’s and Japan is 75 per cent respectively, Britain 65 per cent and Australia records over 60 per cent. In African he disclosed that Congo has the largest forests cover close to 60 per cent, South Africa and Tanzania’s forest cover is above 38 per cent and Uganda is 16 per cent. In Kenya, Nyeri County is leading with 38 per cent followed by Elgeyo Marakwet County with 37 per cent and Lamu County with 36 per cent. He highly thanked Kitui County Government for collaborating with relevant stakeholders and advancing measures to achieve 10 percent cover from current 7 per cent.
Kitui County Commissioner John Ondego called upon KEFRI and the KFS to be on the frontline of residents and leaders in the three South Eastern Kenya region’s counties in the tree planting campaign during this rain season. The trees have a lot of benefits to humanity and the environment, Ondego said. Addressing the function, an official from the said that the county government has been planting and conserving the trees in the county since the inception of the counties in Kenya in 2013.
KEFRI National Tree Planting Coordinator, Dr. Robert Nyambati KEFRI Kitui Regional Research Centre Director, Dr. Albert M. Luvanda and the KFS Kitui County Ecosystem Conservator Ms. Joyce Nthuku Kitui County Environment and Natural Resources Ministry, Evelyn Kitavi,also addressed the event among others.
KEFRI believes that strong linkages and partnerships with all stakeholders are key to growing the 2 billion trees to achieve 10% tree cover by 2022. During this year’s Diwali festival of lights/new beginnings/victory of light over darkness, observed on November 14th KEFRI jointly with The Association Green Champions represented by Dr. Lucy Njeru and Mr. Weru, the Kenya Police Service Kiambu represented by Deputy Station Commander. Base Commander and staff, Kevian ltd represented by Mr. Wachira and community members in planting trees at Kiambu Police Station. The Deputy Commandant informed the meeting that the Kenya Police Service is willing to plant more trees countrywide. The event was choreographed and marked in 19 police stations Kiambu County where each planted at least 20 trees. Every tree grown is a new opportunity for our land to replenish itself and us. Our slogan for the partnership every tree grown counts towards the 2 billion trees target by 2022. The organizers thanked the Kenya Forest Service for donating the seedlings. The Police are growing trees, so can you.