Environmental group embarks on countrywide greening project

An environmental organization has embarked on a course of greening the country by planting seven million trees in the coming five years to conserve the environment and boost the country’s tree cover.

In the process, Goldscape Group Limited plans to create some five million jobs for the youths who would be in charge of planting and taking care of the trees under the supervision of foresters.

The Organization’s Chief Executive Officer, Peter Wangai said they were targeting to create jobs for about 50 youths in every county with their role being to tend to the seedlings until they were ready for transplanting.

He said once transplanted, foresters would take over to ensure they grew to maturity, adding that their preferred planting sites would be public places like schools where they would have unlimited access for monitoring purposes.

The CEO said schools would also go a long way in creating awareness to children on the need to save the environment and combat global warming that was posing a big threat to humanity.

Wangai was speaking when he launched the project at Nyeri Primary School on Monday, where they intend to plant half a million trees in schools compounds within the county before rolling it out to other counties.

The County Executive Member in charge of Water, Environment, Natural Resources and Sanitation, Fredrick Kinyua hailed the initiative, saying it would aid in boosting tree cover which the county projected to increase to 40 percent by the year 2022.

He said Nyeri, having 38.3 percent tree cover, was among the leading counties but there was need to do more to attain the target.

Kinyua said they had since the onset of the rains planted close to one million trees against a target of three million they projected to attain this year.

He said the program also involved planting of bamboo trees along river lines to preserve rivers as well as for donating fruit trees including avocados and macadamia to farmers as a way of improving their economy.

Source: Kenya News Agency