Dedan Kimathi Foundation took part in the 7th Edition of the Annual Kaptagat Forest Tree Planting exercise.
The initiative of the National Treasury PS, Dr. Chris K. Kiptoo took place in Kessup Forest Block situated in Kerio Valley; Elgeyo Marakwet County.
The event was hosted by the Environment and Forestry CS Hon. Soipan Tuya and attended by H.E. Dr. William Ruto and his deputy H.E Rigathi Gachagua among other state dignitaries who emphasized on the great need to grow trees to mitigate climate change negative effects and support agricultural production.
His Excellency the president urged Kenyans to grow 100 trees annually towards the attainment of his government’s goal of 30% tree cover before the year 2032.
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Dedan Kimathi Foundation donated 10,000 Juniperus procera (Red cider) tree seedlings to the initiative as its contribution towards Kapteren intergrated dams protection.
US Tree Plantig Initiative
The US government will support Kenya’s greening agenda and bid to plant 15 billion trees in 10 years.
US Ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman said they have carried out several trees planting projects and will do more in future.
“We support the Kenyan government in its greening agenda,” Whitman said.
She spoke on Tuesday morning during tree planting at Muongoiya Primary School in Kiambaa, Kiambu County.
The initiative, sponsored by the US Embassy in collaboration with Standard Group and Fruity Schools Africa, saw over 60 fruit trees planted.
President William Ruto’s government has been at the forefront of pushing for Africa’s environmental conservation measures to mitigate climate change with Nairobi expecting to host the continental climate change summit in September this year.
The Kenya Kwanza government is seeking to realise 15 billion trees by the end of Vision 2030 through its greening agenda.