Restoration of Hurri Hills in Marsabit Hills

NEMA DG Mamo B. Mamo planting a tree
at Hurri Hills Primary School in Marsabit

Communities living in Hurri Hills have been urged to plant trees to restore the dying water tower. Speaking during a tree planting
ceremony on 27th November 2020 at Hurri Primary School, Environment and Forestry CS Keriako Tobiko has told the community to plant trees in there homes, forests and in public institutions. “In the past, we used to say when you cut one tree, you plant two, but that has changed and we are saying she you cut one, you plant ten,” the CS said noting that this will lead to achievement of 10 percent tree cover.When the locals settled there in the 1960s, the hills were known as “ BataHurri” in local dialect loosely meaning “forest of mist”, with persistent destruction of forests over the years the place is now known as “Hurri” as the forest if gone. Hurri Hills is a gazetted water tower. However, the tower has undergone massive destruction of trees and overgrazing from the locals that has lead to drying
of rivers and other water sources. He remarked that efforts by individuals to adjudicate part of the forest is futile as the government has already taken over the iconic tower. The CS was accompanied by NEMA Director General, Mamo B. Mamo who expressed c

oncern at
the rate on which the tower was being destroyed. He narrated how the community the tower was full of trees but now remains a shadow of former self wi

th only grasslands. “Planting trees is the easier part, nurturing them to maturing is the hard part, Mamo stated as he urged the school management to engage the pupils in growing of the trees by making each student adopt a trees.
During th

e exercise, 5,000 trees were planted. The event was attended by heads of other public institutions and private sector representatives

Environment and Forestry CS, Keriako Tobiko planting a tree
at Hurri Primary School with pupils at the school

International Mountain Day

Environment and Forestry CS, Keriako Tobiko planting a tree
accompanied by NEMA DG Mamo B. Mamo and students at
Dol dol primary school in Laikipia

Laikipia County has a 6 percent tree cover as opposed to the recommended 10 percent. For this reason, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry led by Cabinet Secretary a delegation of government and non-state actors in a tree planting in several schools in the county during the International Mountain Day celebrated on 11th December 2020 in the County. The CS led a tree planting exercise in schools in Dol Dol where over five thousand tree seedlings were planted. The schools include; Dol Boys High, Dol Dol Primary and St Francis Girls Secondary.

The CS planted tree at Lechugu Mixed Secondary School in Thome, Laikipia County where over 1,000 indigenous tree seedlings were planted. During the tree planting exercise water tanks, gutters, desktop computers, bee hives, waste bins among others were donated to the schools by institutions under the Ministry.
The institutions included NEMA, NETFUND, NECC, Water Towers Agency, Kenya Forest Service and KEFRI who supported the learning institutions with water harvesting technology to support the tree growing in Schools.
The CS pledged the school management and the local leadership that he will speak to his Tourism and Wildlife counterpart to address the perennial interference by elephants.
The CS reiterated his commitment to work with Laikipia County Government to make Nanyuki the greenest city in the country. During the event, he launched 100 years of Nanyuki town. “I congratulate Nanyuki for setting the standards celebration of 100 years and publishing a memoir to immortalize not only the past but the future”, CS Tobiko praised.
The conflicts experienced in Laikipia County were generally driven by scarcity of resources majorly water due to degradation of Marmanet Forest. As a result, the County has been supplementing the ministry’s effort by planting trees to enhance tree cover and achieve a 10 percent cover.
The CS together with Laikipia North MP Hon Sarah Lekorere and former Speaker Hon Francis Ole Kaparo will also assist St Francis Secondary School to erect a fence to wade off unwanted interferences in the school.
The CS was accompanied by Former Speaker Francis Ole Kaparo, Laikipia North MP Hon Sarah Lekorere, NEMA DG Mamo B. Mamo, NETFUND CEO, Samson Toniok, KEFRI Director Dr Jane Njuguna, Chairperson and Secretary NECC Isabella Masinde and Dr John Chumo respectively among others.

International Mountain Day (IMD) is a day that was proclaimed by United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 2002. The annual event, is celebrated on 11th December. This year’s theme was protecting mountain biodiversity. In alignment with the ‘Biodiversity Super Year’ and
negotiation of the post-2020 biodiversity framework, the Day celebrates mountain biodiversity and seek to increase understanding of the threats that it faces. In Kenya, the day was celebrated in Nanyuki, Laikipia County by planting trees led by the Environment and
Forestry CS, Keriako Tobiko and several County and local leaders as well as organizations among them NEMA Director General, Mamo B. Mamo. This observance aims to draw attention to the important role that mountainous regions play in water and food supply. Various activities are organized on and around International Mountain Day with the aim to increase awareness of and knowledge around the role
of mountains and mountainous regions amongst the general population and professionals. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) coordinates the annual celebration of the Day to foster greater awareness of mountain issues.