Plant trees, urges Nema
THE National Environment Management Authority is calling on the public to plant trees and help achieve the 10 per cent forest cover threshold as envisaged in the country’s Vision 2030 blueprint. Nema is further appealing to the public to embrace a green and healthy environment, which it says will foster the promotion of socio-economic development countrywide. Speaking yesterday while officiating the second annual Mazingira Run event at Uhuru Park, NEMA Director General Geoffrey Wahungu reiterated the need to plant trees for the adoption and mitigation against climate change. In a speech read on his behalf by the director in charge of research, Kennedy Ondimu, Wahungu said: “There is need to bring on board community conservation efforts in a bid to include all in the environmental conservation.” He appealed for financial empowerment from the global environment fund to support conservation efforts and reverse the negative degradation effects. “We have a mandate to supervise and coordinate environment management activities countrywide, especially in the wake of degradation occasioned by population growth,” Ondimu said. He said the institution was using the run and green week campaign to take stock of what it has achieved, and look at its shortcomings, which he said will help create mechanisms for way forward.
The run which attracted young and upcoming athletes was held ahead of the World Environment Day that will be commemorated on June 5th. This year’s theme, Green Economy: Does it include You, aims to secure and spearhead best environmental conservation practices, while partnering with all sectors of the economy. Yesterday’s event was a culmination of a weeklong green campaign that included tree planting activities by various corporate bodies countrywide. Nema says that it has opted to use sports in its campaigns to especially attract a vibrant youth, and to sensitize them on the importance of a serene environment. “It is mandatory that sports are held in a clean, hygienic and healthy environment, thus demonstrating the importance of sound environment management,” Wahungu said. Wilson Kibogo and Hellen Mugo emerged tops in the men and women 10km race respectively and were each awarded sh20,000. He hailed Kenya’s climatic condition, which he said has continued to provide ideal conditions for sports training to both local and foreign athletes. “Good aesthetics is also part of an enabling environment.” He called on the public to enhance sustainable land use by sparing portions on their farms to increase tree coverage. Stories first published in the Nairobi Star.
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