Korean envoy urges Kenyans to plant trees

By: GEORGE MUGO

South Korean ambassador Kwon Young-dae has urged Kenyans to conserve the environment by planting indigenous trees.

He urged Kenyans to take advantage of foreign support of public forests.

Kenya and South Korea have entered into an a partnership called Friendship Tree Exercise to replant indigenous trees in Karera Forest.

Speaking at the forest in Lari constituency last Friday, Kwon said Kenya has a challenge Korea faced 40 years ago, when forests were depleted without care.

He said this resulted in landslides, flooding and soil erosion.

Kwon said however, the government mobilised campaigns to replant trees and the disasters finally reduced.

“For this reason, Korea welcomes and supports Kenya’s environment conservation plan and we are glad to partner for a greater achievement,” he said.

The ambassador urged the Community Forest Associations to be in the forefront in protecting forests.