Monday, March 29, 2010

Inaugural World Forestry Day Celebrated in Kenya with tree planting

Busy at work

A group photo to commemorate the event.

KFS staff members based at the organization’s headquarter have planted 1,000 seedlings to mark the World Forestry Day 2010. The event is a precursor to bigger nationwide celebrations earmarked for World Forestry Day on 21st March, 2011 which is also the designated “year of forestry” by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization.

During the highly symbolic event mainly geared towards forest reclamation, KFS staff planted seedlings in a site previously grabbed and currently controversial – along Kiambu road, 10 KM from Nairobi’s city centre.

The planting also marked the start of the 2010 long-rains tree planting campaign whose theme is restore our forests for climate change mitigation and secure Kenya’s future.
The 109 KFS staff that turned up for the event were excited, and continued planting even with the showers that blessed the morning of Saturday 20th March 2010.

The chief guest, KFS Deputy Director Corporate Services Mrs. Lucy Kiboi said it was encouraging to see a dedicated staff not just to work, but truly committed to the conservation course.

The World Forest Day has been celebrated since 1971 when the European Confederation of Agriculture requested FAO’s member governments to support the annual event on 21st March. The event commemorates the contribution and value of forests and forestry to the community and countries as a whole.  As well, it’s a symbolic and recognition of forests as the basis of life which contribute towards environmental, economic and socio-economic dimensions of livelihoods.  

Karura Forester, Mr. Orwa demonstrates how to remove polythene bags for recycling
RSM, Bedan leading by example
Busy bee

A luncheon followed the event at the HQ grounds during which Mrs Kiboi addressed staff.

More plantings by Wandera representing HR department and Mr. Owino for Legal 

Extension Department's John Maina

Chief Accountant Mrs. Muasya leading the Finance team 

Men at Work.....

After the planting its time to clean the hands.............

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