Marsabit to plant 1 million trees

NEMA Board members, Ag. Director General, Mamo B. Mamo with pupils of Tiigo primary school
during a tree planting drive [PHOTO: S. IRUNGU/NEMA]

NEMA launched a campaign to plant 1 million tree seedlings in Marsabit County on 22nd October 2019 for the October – December short rains. The launch took place at Tiigo Primary School and Debaso Area in Marsabit Forest, Saku Sub County. At Tiigo, 2,200 trees were planted while 7,000 trees were planted at Debaso Area in . Tiigo primary school in North Horr Sub County has undertaken deliberate efforts to plant and nature trees within their compound. As a result, NEMA pledged to complement their effort by donating 10 million litres water tank and branded waste bins for every class. The campaign was led by a multiagency team comprised of NEMA, Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Wildlife Service, County Government of Marsabit, Kenya Water Towers and Community based organisations. In total, the team coordinated planting of 38,720 trees in the entire Marsabit County. The Authority committed to continue working with the communities to ensure the rest of target to plant trees are met. Marsabit forest is a protected area covering over 100 hectares. The forest generates multiple ecosystem goods and services to the local community supporting livelihoods. The forest has been experiencing substantial land conversion for town expansion, agriculture production and settlements threatening the status of the forest. Speaking during the launch, NEMA Chairman, Mr. John Konchellah who led the exercise applauded the County for their effort to safeguard its forests. He reiterated the need to conserve the forest and plant more trees to enhance the forest cover towards achieving the required targets. “Marsabit County is expected to plant 5 million trees by 2022 to plug into the country’s effort to achieve a 10 percent cover by then. The forest has nothing to do with someone coming with seedling from Nairobi, it has much to do with a people planting trees and naturing them.

We are bound by a presidential directive to ensure the country achieves 10% forest cover by 2022,” Konchellah said.
On his part, NEMA Ag. Director General, Mamo B. Mamo urged residents to join hands and prevent the County
from suffering from extreme vagaries of climate change. He urged them to plant trees at individual level and ensure they grow. “Do not just plant trees only, ensure the trees are taken care of,” Mamo said during the launch
of tree planting at Tiigo Primary School in Marsabit County. The Authority also warned those
encroaching Marsabit forest that the government composed of a multiagency team will take
action particularly those settling on forest reserved areas.

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