Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga lead her University management in tree planting and challenged each one of them to make it their hobby even in their own homes to plant trees as a way of increasing the country’s forest cover which she said was still quite low.
She said while the government has launched an ambitious and successful tree planting campaign countrywide, there is need for Kenyans to compliment this effort stressing that trees were a determining factor to human life.
With every Kenyan planting a tree, the forest cover will increase from the current 7 per cent to at least 15 per cent by 2022 as is envisaged, said Prof. Imbuga, adding that the country had experienced many ecological challenges in the past due to wanton forest destructions.
The function which took place Monday April 30, 2018 at the University’s Sino-Africa Joint Research Centre (SAJOREC), Juja Main Campus has so far seen over 500 trees planted by among others, members of the University’s students associations.
These include the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology Students’ Environmental Management Association (JEMA), Jomo Kenyatta University Students Association (JKUSA) and Rotaract who are spearheading a tree planting campaign to plant 10,000 seedlings by the end of the rainy season. The campaign dubbed, “Keeping JKUAT Green” kicked off in earnest two weeks ago at the University’s main campus.
Kenya’s National Environmental Management Authority estimates that 235 million seedlings will have been planted by the year 2022 to realize the 15 per cent forest cover ambition.