Deputy Governor Philomena Kapkory on Saturday joined Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Wesley Korir, his deputy Prof Grace Cheserek, environmental stakeholders and the great people of Elgeyo Marakwet county in a tree planting exercise at Yemit secondary school in Cheptongei area of Moiben, Kuserwo ward- the Greening Schools initiative.
The exercise is in line with our common values as resource sharing counties to mitigate the effects of climate change and promote H.E. President William Ruto’s goal of planting 15 billion trees in a span of 10 years.
Trans Nzoia, West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet counties share the Cherangany Hills water towers and it is hence through such concerted efforts that its residents would be able to jointly protect and conserve the water tower to avert negative impacts of Climate Change.
While the exercise targets to plant 70,000 trees, she said, the county government of Trans Nzoia has rolled out a program targeting to plant 64,000 tree seedlings within the Rapid Results Initiative (RRI) period out of which 14,000 are fruit trees and the rest agro-forestry.
“I was happy to see several sponsors including institutions and private individuals taking lead roles and if we commit ourselves to this course, we shall soon reach our targets,” she said.
The deputy governor called on all and sundry to play a role in forest restoration and also waste management to ensure that they safeguard the environment both for own good and for the future generations