NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya plans to partner with the private
sector in order to boost the country’s forest cover, a
senior government official said on Saturday.
Tobiko, the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of
Environment, told a media briefing in Nairobi that
approximately 7.2 percent of the country’s land mass is
under forest cover against a target of 10 percent by end
“In order to
complement government resources, we will collaborate
with the private sector to increase the country’s forest
cover,” Tobiko said during a tree planting campaign.
He said a
nationwide tree planting campaign will soon be launched
where 25 million seedlings will be planted in a single
Forest Service has 1 million seedlings in its stock
while the private sector is expected to contribute the
rest for national tree planting exercise.
Kenya imposed a 90-day logging ban on all public forests
as it seeks to streamline harvesting of timber in public
and community forests.
of Environment said uncontrolled logging, encroachment
on forest land and charcoal production has led to
enormous environmental degradation.
forests play a key role in national development because
they help to attract rainfall as well as in combating
climate change by absorbing carbon emissions.
that in order for the reforestation initiative to be
successful Kenyans must be fully involved in planting
trees or donating towards the planting of trees.