Soipan Tuya, Cabinet Secretary at the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Forestry, has joined ministries, departments, agencies, civil society organizations and professional bodies to support the government’s plan to plant 15 billion trees by 2032. brought together the public and private sectors, including
Mr Tuya said ministers at a meeting held at Mombasa State House on Friday endorsed a whole-of-government approach in the environmental protection campaign to strengthen cooperation efforts.
“The 15 Billion Trees Campaign is a whole-of-society, whole-of-government approach. Cabinet has issued a directive directing Cabinet Secretaries (CSs) to support tree-planting campaigns within their districts. and will be tasked with coordinating all players in these counties to achieve this objective,” Tuya said.
He further added that the strategy will target the goals of each county to reach all ministries, ministries, state and non-state agencies, other stakeholders and individuals at the grassroots level to accelerate the planting of 15 billion trees across the country. It added that it outlines the division of labor between the two parties.
“In Nyanza Region, CS Ministry of Information, Communications and Digital Economy Eliud Owalo will help coordinate all stakeholders in Kisumu County to achieve the target of 91.8 million trees in 10 years. Siaya County, “Migori and Homa Bay districts have a target of 149 million trees each in 10 years, or 14 million trees per year,” she explained.
The Cabinet Secretary made this comment while attending the Professional Women Association of Nyanza (PANY) planting over 1,000 saplings in Kisumu County on Saturday.
“The devastating effects of the climate crisis have made environmental conservation a livelihood issue for the world’s population. As a nation, we are dealing with severe droughts and floods. There are simple ways to combat this threat. The greatest achievement is to cover our country with trees,” she said.
Kenya’s Kwanzaa administration aims to increase tree cover in the country from the current 12.3% to 30% through accelerated ecosystem restoration plans.
CS Tuya observed that most counties in the Nyanza region were lagging behind in maintaining the constitutional target of at least 10 per cent tree cover.
“The tree cover in Siaya County is 5.27%, which is well below the expected constitutional standards, Kisumu County is 8.85%, Homabay County is 10.4% and Migori County is 10.76%,” she said. Ta.
In particular, Mr Tuya pointed out that Nyeri and Lamu districts all exceeded the constitutional standards with tree cover of 45% and 44% respectively.
She said the initiative will also support the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) to enable parliamentarians to engage women and youth in ecosystem restoration efforts through tree planting, tree nurturing and production of saplings suitable for the purpose. ) added that it is also aiming to amend the law.