Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has taken a significant step towards supporting the government’s efforts to combat climate change through tree planting.
In collaboration with the Kenya Defense Force and Kenya Space Agency, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, April 25, planted 3000 trees in support of the National Tree Growing Restoration Campaign, with Kenya Defense Force donating the seedlings.
The tree planting exercise was 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.
Representing the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Robert Kinyua, emphasized the importance of trees in mitigating climate change, adding that trees play a critical role in maintaining the ecological balance.
“JKUAT is committed to play its part in environmental conservation and sustainable development. It is worth noting that trees play a significant role in mitigating the adverse effects of climate change,” said Prof. Kinyua.
He further urged all stakeholders to embrace sustainable environmental practices, stating that it is everyone’s responsibility to protect the environment.
Speaking on behalf of the Kenya Defense Force, Lieutenant Colonel, Joseph Kahindi, from the Kenya Air Force appealed to all involved in the exercise to take individual responsibility for the environment.
“We should plant trees in our community and also commit to conserving and preserving the existing trees. By working together and taking individual responsibility, we can make a significant difference in protecting our environment and securing a better future for generations to come,” said Lt. Col. Kahindi.
The tree planting exercise which also roped in JKUAT student leadership (JKUSA) and Horticultural Students Association (HOSA) who provided indigenous trees, was symbolic of JKUAT’s commitment to environmental sustainability, which is one of the university’s core values.
The institution has in the recent past carried out several initiatives aimed at promoting sustainable development such as recycling, energy conservation and waste management.