Public Urged To Protect Forests From Destruction

Trans Nzoia residents have been urged to plant more trees and protect the existing forests for posterity as that would go a long way towards addressing challenges which come with climate change.

This was said by Trans Nzoia County Executive Committee Member (CECM) in charge of Water, Environment and Natural Resources Mr. Sam Ojwang during the commemoration of International Day of Forests at Endebess Technical Training Institute.

Emphasizing the importance of trees, Ojwang called for a collective effort to ensure that effects of climate change are effectively addressed.

He urged residents to be on the driving seat in matters environmental conservation and singled out deforestation as an activity which has negatively impacted efforts to address climate change.

‘The County Government has been on the forefront to implement covenants put in place by United Nations General Assembly,’ he said.

He added, ‘Among the efforts we have put in place is to involve the public in planting more trees. To ensure that this
is achieved, we have put in place strategies to ensure supply of tree seedlings to our people’.

To help achieve the National Government’s target of planting 15 billion trees by the year 2030, Ojwang said the County Government has set the target of planting 11.9 million trees in a year.

Meanwhile, the CECM advised residents to plant more indigenous trees saying that they have more value as they were not only were not only good for environmental conservation but they also add more nutrients to the soil and have medicinal value.

Source: Kenya News Agency