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14 million trees planted during National Tree Day

Government spokesperson Isaac Mwaura said 14 million trees were planted during National Tree Growing Day, celebrated on May 10.

He said the government would not budge on the whole-of-nation approach to tackling the ravages of climate change.

“The Executive Office of the President, under the direction of the Chief of Staff and Head of the Public Service, is accelerating the President’s ambition to grow 15 billion trees by 2032, consistent with the National Landscape and Ecosystem Restoration Strategy of the government,” he said.

Mwaura joined the exercise to plant more than 3,000 trees at Menengai Integrated Primary School in Nakuru, where his office also commemorates the inaugural Uzalendo Day.

He noted that the highest number of trees were planted in Machakos County with 6,075,129 and Nairobi County with 5,131,992.

According to CS for Climate Change and Forestry Soipan Tuya, the government had set an ambitious goal of planting one billion trees.

The government expected each adult to plant at least 50 seedlings that day and 10 for each child.

To demonstrate the government’s frontline role in the $15 billion National Tree Farming Programme, each CS was allocated specific sites as per the Cabinet directive.

On Thursday, Mwaura said the government is committed to accelerating the achievement of 30 percent tree cover by 2032 as trees and forests play a critical role in mitigating climate change.

“To achieve this objective, the government has developed a National Landscape and Ecosystem Restoration Strategy, to restore the 10.6 million hectares of degraded landscapes and ecosystems by 2032,” he noted.

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