In collaboration with the Kenya Defense Force, Moi Air Base, and Commission for University Education, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, November 13, planted 2700 trees in support of the National Tree Planting Day, with Kenya Defense Force donating the seedlings.
The tree planting exercise is a vital initiative aimed at complementing the National Tree Growing Restoration campaign launched by President William Ruto. The campaign aims to plant at least 15 billion trees in Kenya by the year 2032. The project’s objectives are to promote reforestation, increase the country’s forest cover, mitigate climate change and foster sustainable development.
The exercise brought together students, staff and other stakeholders within the university who planted various tree species which included indigenous trees such as the African olive, Blackwood, and Acacia, among others, with the aim to increase the country’s forest cover as well as promote biodiversity conservation.
Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, underscored the significance of trees in addressing climate change, emphasizing their crucial role in preserving ecological balance.
“JKUAT is dedicated to contributing to environmental conservation and sustainable development. It is important to highlight that trees play a substantial role in alleviating the negative impacts of climate change,” noted Prof. Ngumi.
She additionally encouraged all stakeholders to adopt sustainable environmental practices, emphasizing that safeguarding the environment is a collective responsibility that falls upon everyone.
Base Commander of Moi Air Base, Brigadier Samuel Kipkorir while pledging continued collaboration with JKUAT on the tree planting campaign, made an earnest plea to all participants in the exercise, urging each individual to shoulder the responsibility for environmental stewardship.
“Preserving our environment is a collective duty that rests on the shoulders of each one of us,” said Brigadier Samuel Kipkorir.
Colleges and other sections of the university on Monday, November 13, 2023, joined other Kenyans in the implementation of the government’s tree-planting directive that is aimed at growing 15 billion trees by 2032.
At JKUAT Nakuru CBD campus, staff and students joined other stakeholder in Nakuru county to plant trees in Menengai ward. The campus community were led by the Campus Director, Dr. Roy Wanyoike.
Nakuru team’s journey to Menengai Forest Reserve exemplifies the far-reaching effects of a shared commitment to sustainability. This chronicle not only captures the essence of a singular day but serves as a beacon, illuminating JKUAT’s enduring dedication to shaping responsible citizens and fostering a culture of environmental conservation.