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PANDA MITI, BORESHA MAISHA: LAUNCH OF THE 2 MILLION TREE GROWING INITIATIVE MAKUENI COUNTY CHAPTER

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The Steering Committee for the 7th Annual Devolution Conference launched the 2 Million tree growing initiative on Wednesday, 12th May, 2021 at the Wote Center for People Living with Disabilities in Makueni County.
The Makueni Tree–growing exercise, led by the host Governor, H.E Prof. Kivutha Kibwana, was the third phase after similar ones were held last month in Kajiado and Machakos Counties. In his statement, H.E Prof. Kivutha Kibwana, lauded efforts by the Private Sector in helping mitigate Climate Action through various initiatives in the country and their strong partnership with both the County and National Governments.
“On behalf of the National and County Governments, I would like to thank the Private Sector for their unwavering support especially towards Climate Action and Environmental conservation. As Makueni County, we welcome this joint effort, particularly the Council of Governors who have been at the forefront in ensuring that this day is made possible for the betterment of our people,” said H.E Prof. Kivutha Kibwana.
As Kenya gears to achieve the 10% forest cover mark by 2022, Makueni County has managed to reach a staggering 13% forest cover having engaged in rigorous tree growing exercises from just planting of 5000 tree seedlings in 2019 to 40,000 tree seedlings in 2020 across the County.
Speaking during the event, Vihiga Governor, H.E Dr. Wilber Otichillo, urged fellow Governors to lobby, through the CoG, for the speedy implementation of the Clima te Change Fund and the operationalization of the National Climate Change Council. “What is remaining as a Country is to implement all remaining legal frameworks that pertain to Climate Change, beginning with the Climate Change Act which clearly states that there should be a Climate Change Fund financed by the Treasury and available to Counties and the establishment of the National Climate Change Council to be chaired by the President. So far the two are yet to be implemented since the enactment of the Climate Change Act in 2016,'' said H.E Dr. Wilber Otichillo.
On his part, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Devolution, Arid and Semi-Arid Lands, called upon National and County Governments, all stakeholders including members of the public to visit Makueni for the 7th Annual Devolution Conference and witness what the County Government has achieved in terms of Climate Action.
“This is not a local problem but a global one, therefore we encourage everyone, starting from the top leaderships of both County and National Governments, all stakeholders including members of the community to come to Makueni and attend the conference in August. Makueni County has done a lot so far in terms of Climate Action therefore we are waiting to see what the other Counties have done as well during the Conference,” said Hon. Eugene Wamalwa. The event was also attended by Makueni Deputy Governor H.E Adelina Mwau, CAS Ministry of Devolution, Arid and Semi-Arid Lands Mr. Gideon Mung'aro and PS Ministry of Devolution, Arid and Semi-Arid Lands Mr. Julius Korir and PS Environment Mr. Mohammed Elmi, who also planted trees together with members of the public at the Disability center. A total of 2250 Trees were planted during the one day event.

 

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