Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Prince of Monaco on State visit To Champion Jatropha

PS Fisheries (Prof Ntiba) , Director KFS (D.K. Mbugua)  and Zonal Manager Kitui (Wanyiri M. W) are among the officials greeting the Prince on his arrival at the foundation offices.
The Director assists the Prince to plant the Olea africana tree seedling to mark the occasion.

The Director in a discussion with the Prince about the merits of Olea africana, an indigenous species useful for many people in the region.

The head of State of the Monaco Principality, Prince Albert II has urged Kenyans to plant more trees as a means of mitigating climate change. He made the remarks during a tour of Kitui District yesterday. His Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is a partner of Green Africa Foundation which has been encouraging local communities in Kitui, Lamu, Meru and Kajiado to plant the jatropha tree for bio-fuels and climate change purposes.
During the visit also graced by the Director Kenya Forest Service Mr. D.K. Mbugua, His Serene Highness Prince Albert 11 of Monaco said “ I am happy to see what is happening here. What I have seen here is real. These are not abstract ides. Its happening and people’s lives are being improved through adoption of green technology”.
Green Africa Foundation is an NGO specializing in Environmental Conservation, Renewable Energy and Livelihood Improvement  in Kitui and has several partners among who KFS is a leading one. The visit was successful and was organized as a state function since the Prince was visiting as a head of state and the security detail and protocol was at the expected optimum levels. The prince was impressed by the activities of the Foundation and the existing strong partnerships between the various stakeholders. Tree planting, biodiesel species propagation and fish farming were among the highlights that were cited as solutions to the many economic and environmental problems facing the ASAL's.
Report & Photos Courtesy Maurice Wanyiri 

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