A section of North Rift region leaders have urged Kenyans to plant more trees in order to increase forest cover and mitigate the climate chang.
The Government of Kenya led by President William Ruto launched the tree planting initiative which is aimed at planting billion trees by 2032 and increase forest cover from the current 7.4 % up to 10% as required by United Nations.
The initiative is targeting to reduce greenhouse emissions, stopping deforestation and, restoring 5.1 million hectares of deforested land.
Led by Uasin Gishu County Assembly Speaker Philip Muigei during a tree planting event at Kapseret forest, the leaders urged Kenyans to turn up in large numbers and conserve the environment through planting trees.
“Today we have managed to plant 3000 trees.We are not just planting but also fencing the protected areas,” said Muigei.
Muigei said that the initiative is partnering with many stake holders including banks and parastatals.
The government is going to donate seedlings and materials to fence protected areas to both schools and churches where trees have been planted.
Baringo Speaker of County Assembly Vincent Kemboi noted that his County is a major victim of environmental degradation and this has been witnessed through distinction of Lake Kamnarok due to lack of trees.
He noted that Lake Baringo and Bogoria are also at risk or drying.
Kemboi encouraged Kenyans to plant trees so as to protect environment and get extra income.
“Am encouraging residents of Uasin Gishu, Elgeiyo Marakwet and Nakuru County to plant trees because Baringo county which is located in the downstream of northrift region is highly affected due to climate change,”said the Baringo county assembly speaker.
The government is going to ensure tree planting is a continuous activity different forests in Kenya through sponsorship.