Rooting for environment conservation: Government targets 10 per cent forest cover by 2022

Posted by: KSG-admin Post Date: December 20, 2020

Rooting for environment conservation: Government targets 10 per cent forest cover by 2022

By Ruth Kiplagat

Climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives call for a multi-agency collaboration for effective address, the Principal Secretary in the State Department for Wildlife Prof. Fred Segor has said.

The PS also said that the Government of Kenya has formulated, and is already implementing, adaptation and mitigation strategies to cushion the country from the adverse effects of climate change.

Prof. Segor made these remarks in Baringo Campus where he led development partners including the United Kingdom High Commission and the Turkish Embassy in launching a tree planting initiative during the December to January short rains. The exercise is in line with the greening Kenya initiative, which was launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The PS led the staff of Baringo Campus and a section of the community in the exercise that  culminated with over 300 indigenous trees being planted at the Campus.

Also at the event was PS for the State Department for Environment and Forestry Dr. Chris Kiptoo who expressed his appreciation to the School and the community for heeding to the call to plant trees in a bid to increase the country’s forest cover and preserve the fast degrading environment.

“This is in line with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s launch of a strategic national tree-planting campaign, forging ahead the government commitment to increase forest cover to 10 per cent by the year 2022. During the launch , President Kenyatta urged all Kenyans to participate in the tree planting drive, highlighting that the changing weather witnessed in the country is as a result of neglect of the environment,” said the PS who also disclosed that the team had also come to assess the status of trees planted previously.

Dr. Kiptoo added that the government was focused on implementing the constitutional requirement of achieving over the 10 per cent tree cover, which currently stands at 7.2 per cent and therefore called for heightened conservation efforts.

In his address, Baringo Campus Director Dr. Solomon Letangule said that the School embarked on the tree project in twofold: rearing seedling nurseries, and planting of trees.

“We create awareness and fully support this government campaign. Besides the officially organized tree planting activities, the School promotes ceremonial tree planting by visiting guests and participants to additionally plant more trees. Thus far, the School has planted a total of 10,281 trees, across all the campuses and in the adopted areas, through this exercise, which dates back to the eve of the World Environment Day, June 4, 2019,” said Dr. Letangule.