H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta planting a tree at Arboretum
Nairobi during the World Environment Day Celebrations
President Uhuru Kenyatta called on Kenyans to safeguard and protect their heritage and bequeath it to future generations as a gift. The President said this as he led
the nation in celebrating World Environment Day (WED) 2020 on 5th June 2020 at Arboretum in Nairobi.
The president urged Kenyans to emulate the late Prof. Wangari Maathai’s passion and achievements in conservation of the environment. The head of state underscored the key role forests play as reservoir of biodiversity saying Kenya is on course to achieving the 10 percent national tree cover. He added that the Government will continue to expand the
number and sizes of conservancies and parks. This will involve reclamation of all grabbed
park and forest lands so as to boost country’s botanical and zoological diversity.
NEMA was represented by NEMA Board members among them Teresia Mbaika, Ochieng
Ochuka, Director Finance and administration represented Director General among several
The President said that it is because of conservation efforts of great Kenyans like the late Nobel Laureate that the country remains one of the most-bio-diverse nations in the world. He further noted
that Kenya is proud to have made great strides towards sustainable development, restoration and preservation of its biodiversity. By Maureen Kwamboka & Samwel Irungu
Environment and Forestry CS, Keriako Tobiko (2nd R), Governor Turkana, Josphat Nanok (R), NEMA Chairman, John Konchellah (3rd R) and Acting Director General, Mamo B. Mamo (2nd L) among other guests
A separate national WED celebrations were held at Ekaale Centre, Lodwar, and Turkana County lead by the Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Mr. Keriako Tobiko. The CS said that there are many reasons to celebrate Turkana County as the cradle of mankind, UNESCO conservation site among others. “What a better place to celebrate World Environment Day whose theme is Biodiversity for Sustainable Livelihoods, protect, restore and conserve “ the CS affirmed.
“Today i have experienced biodiversity in motion and i am privileged to have experienced this beauty that belongs to the people of Turkana and Kenya” the CS said. Tobiko called on all Kenyans to heed to the teachings in the holy books where we are called upon to protect, restore, conserve and also sustainably live on it.