In support of the Kenya government’s objective to achieve 30 percent tree cover in the country, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in partnership with the Kenya Space Agency (KSA) and the Kenya Defense forces planted 3000 trees on main campus grounds.
The activity which took place on Monday, November 27, 2023, saw a variety of trees planted, with staff from the university, the KSA, and Moi Airbase personnel joining forces to contribute to the nationwide initiative.
Planting trees contributes to the creation of a protective layer that improves airflow, reduces soil erosion, boosts soil fertility, and slows down global warming. The program is an important plank in Kenya’s efforts to build a sustainable future.
While noting the significance of improving the country’s forest cover, KSA Acting Director General, Brigadier, Hillary Kipkosgei stated that the exercise will go a long way in assisting the government target of planting 15 billion trees by 2032.
“This activity is consistent with the government’s efforts to create a sustainable ecosystem that will guarantee the needs of future generations are met. By planting trees, we can cultivate a culture that will prove crucial in the fight to prevent further degradation of our environment,” Brigadier Kipkosgei stated.
He expressed gratitude to JKUAT management for granting land to plant the trees, stating that the initiative will play a significant role in reducing the effects of climate change in the area and the nation as a whole.
Speaking on behalf of the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administration, Dr. Eng. Hiram Ndiritu, Dean, School of Biosystems and Environmental Engineering (SOBEE), Dr. Joseph Sang said that the tree-planting event is a symbolic representation of the fight against climate change and environmental sustainability.
“We are responsible for the protection and nurturing of the environment which in turn will prove beneficial to our existence. Putting conservatory measures coupled with our efforts today can be a game changer in our push to increase forest cover,” Dr. Sang observed.
The event was also addressed by the chairman of the board, KSA, Major General (Rtd), James Arwasa.