As the globe is yearning to celebrate the World Environmental Day on Sunday June 5TH, two Non-Governmental Organizations have embarked on planting over 10, 000 trees in Mau Forest and institutions in Narok County.
I-Plant Trees Technologies and Model Tec Convergence Solutions Limited have launched a four-day tree planting exercise in a bid to improve on the forest coverage in the county.
Speaking during the launch of the tree plant exercise held in Ole Sankale Primary School, I- Plant Trees Technologies Managing Director Mr. Mathew Ochanda said the initiative was aimed at countering the frequent flash floods experienced in the county during rainy seasons.
The exercise that commenced today is scheduled to end on Sunday June 5 where the Kenya Forest Service in collaboration with the organizations will led members of the public to plant trees in the expansive Mau- Narok Forest.
“We have partnered with likeminded institutions like Ewaso Nyiro South Development Authority (ENSDA), Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and Water Resource Management (WARMA), who have helped in giving tree seedlings,” he said.
Ochanda said they will be planting both exotic and indigenous trees adding that exotic trees take only five years to mature while indigenous trees take over 25 years to mature.
“Some of the type of trees we are planting include Jacaranda, bamboo, sandal wood and fruit trees which include avocado, mango and tomato trees,” he said.
Model Tec Convergence Solutions Limited Director Mr. David Omato asked residents to avoid planting eucalyptus on the riverbank as they consume a lot of water and eventually reduce the flow of water.
“The initiative aims at encouraging and empowering pupils and the residents to conserve the environment by planting trees and tendering them through school based forestry clubs in schools,” he said.
Mr. Omato said the project is aimed at attaining the 10% forest cover. “The trees planted will be used by the school for commercial purposes as well as firewood in the school kitchen,” he said.
Ole Sankale Primary Environmental Patron Ms.Mary Liarram encouraged residents to plant trees saying they act as windbreakers, provide shade and air purification.
“If you need a shade tomorrow, plant a tree today,” she concluded.
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