NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) will
partner with public schools to promote tree planting and help
expand the country’s forest cover, the lobby said in a statement
issued in Nairobi on Monday.
Amina Mohamed, the
Cabinet Secretary for Education, has witnessed the launch of the
private sector-led initiative to boost forest cover in the
country amid threats linked to climate change, population
pressure and urbanization.
“Taking care of our
environment is everyone’s responsibility and a partnership
between the business community and learning institutions will
help reverse declining forest cover that threatens sustainable
development in the country,” Mohamed said.
She noted that Kenya
is on course to meet the UN recommended national forest cover of
10 percent thanks to a robust public-private partnership coupled
with political goodwill.
Kenyatta on May 12 launched a multi- million dollar national
tree planting initiative that aims to expand forest cover in the
country from the current 7 to 10 percent by 2022.
the initiative against a backdrop of a severe flooding crisis
linked to depletion of critical buffers like forests and
wetlands, which had claimed close to 200 Kenyans during the
March-May long rains season.
political goodwill has injected fresh impetus in national
reforestation programs that underpins Kenya’s quest to become a
green economy powerhouse.
The corporate social
responsibility arm of Kenya’s private sector lobby will
spearhead the new tree planting campaign domiciled in learning
Rachael Muthoga, the
Deputy CEO of KEPSA, said modern businesses have recognized the
critical role of environmental sustainability to improve their
revenue streams and brand visibility.
“There is need for
all stakeholders to promote environmental sustainability that is
a prerequisite to tackle poverty, food insecurity and infectious
diseases in the country,” said Muthoga.
She emphasized that
restoration of degraded forests and water catchments will
stimulate economic growth in Kenya.