Over 300 indigenous trees have been planted in Shimba Hills National Reserve, Kwale County, under an initiative sponsored by Base Titanium Mining Company.
The exercise that was part of the World Environment Day celebrations, brought together key stakeholders, including; Kenya Forest Service (KFS), Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) with an aim of preserving biodiversity in the reserve.
The mining firm’s Environmental Manager, Dr. Georgina Jones, said the company was keen on ensuring that they did everything at their disposal to prevent environment degradation in the region through tree-planting.
Preservation of natural eco-systems is paramount and we have put in place systems to ensure we are focused in coming up with activities meant to sustain the environment, said Ms. Jones.
According to her, the firm had so far implemented several environmental programs aimed at preventing pollution, minimizing its impacts, contributing to protecting and conserving biodiversity.
The firm has so far planted over 75,000 seedlings over the past four years in adjacent areas.
Mr. Nathan Gatundu a tourist warden at the reserve, urged members of the public to embrace domestic tourism and to be at the forefront of conserving biodiversity.
The theme for 2017’s World Environment Day calls for citizens to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and its importance, and to take forward the call to protect the Earth.
Source: Kenya News Agency