Over 1,300 trees have been planted in various schools in Eburru Mbaruk ward, Gilgil sub-county, even as Nakuru County stretches its target with the ongoing rains.
Led by Sub-County Environment Officer Mary Njoki, the team pooled together community conservation champions under the Community Foresters Association, Ward Climate Change Committees, students, and the area community to plant the trees in various schools, including Eburru primary and secondary schools as well as Cypress primary schools.
In her remarks, the sub-county environment officer noted that the county government would continue to plant trees to ensure the conservation of the environment and contribute to achieving the president's goal of planting 15 billion trees by 2032.
Meanwhile, Nakuru County Executive Committee Member for Water, Environment, Climate Change, and Natural Resources, Dr. Nelson Maara, rallied communities living near Kipsirat Dam in Tibet Ward to increase tree cover in the area.
Speaking when he oversaw the planting of over 3000 trees in the Kipsirat Dam, Dr. Maara emphasised the importance of growing more trees to conserve the water catchment area.
'This area plays a crucial role as a catchment area for the Amalo River, which is a tributary to the Mara River. Conservation of the environment, especially in water catchment areas, will help avert the adverse effects of the changing climate,' added Maara.
His remarks came a day before the Mara Day celebration set for today, September 15th, 2023, in Serengeti, Tanzania.
Several parts of Nakuru County have been receiving heavy rains, especially during the afternoons, with residents of Kuresoi South reporting continuous heavy rainfall.
Source: Kenya News Agency