Govt to engage schools in tree-planting activities to reach forest cover targets

The two CSs, Ezekiel Machogu of Education and Soipan Tuiya of Environment, after they agreed to work together to execute the forest cover targets.

Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ezekiel Machogu has said the government is committed to engaging education institutions in tree planting towards realization of forest cover targets set by the government.

Machogu said this when he held a consultative meeting with his Environment, Climate Change and Forestry counterpart Soipan Tuya to find common ground that they can work together on the programme.

The two CSs underscored the need for their ministries to work in partnership to consolidate coordination efforts and contribute positively to the 15 billion trees programme.

CS Ezekiel Machogu waters a tree after a climate change consultative meeting with CS Soipan Tuya.

Machogu said that his ministry is a key partner in implementing the strategic actions and coordination framework towards the planting, growing and nurturing of the envisaged 15 billion trees in the country.

The CS called upon heads of different institutions to be in the forefront in ensuring the success of the programme by 2032.

Tuya appreciated the gesture from Machogu and promised to visit interested schools to reinforce their efforts, appealing to wildlife, young farmers, scouts and environmental clubs in various schools to visit her offices at the sub-county levels to get more information on how the can enter the partnerships.

The CS praised community groups like SPAC and individuals who have started to adopt schools in their localities in a combined effort to fight climate change.

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