Friday, July 9, 2010

Miss Kenya Leads Youth In Mau Planting

The KFS Chairman, Prof. Richard Musangi addresses the participating youth before the tree planting
Fiona Konchellah, the reigning Miss Kenya addresses the gathering
Clean water runneth from our forests!
More than 300 youth have recently planted 35,000 seedlings in Mau’s Kiptunga forest. The youth coming from various learning institutions including Daystar University, St. Pauls University, East Africa School of Aviation, Kisii College and Sun Shine High school were led by the current Miss Kenya Fiona Konchella in an effort to save the Mau forest.

In his remarks, the chief guest KFS Board Chairman Prof. Richard Musangi encouraged the youth to take part in environmental conservation for the benefit of both current and future generations. He said forest destruction drivers included greed by individuals and was steered by demand for forest products. In the event, Prof. Musangi was accompanied by KFS Board Member Mr. Joseph Murei Mang’ira.

Deputy Director Forest Conservation and Management Mr. Essau Omollo said the Service is now partnering with individuals and groups interested in supporting in forest rehabilitation initiatives countrywide. He congratulated Ms Fiona for her initiative and insight towards a better future for humanity and said the Service will continue to provide guidance and planting space for future forestry based initiatives. Mr. Omollo was accompanied by Ag. Corporation Secretary Mr. Sam Owino. 

Miss Kenya expressed concerns at the rate of environmental degradation globally noting that the youth stood to lose the most should the current situation continue unabated. She promised to mobilize more youth for planting in other forests in Kenya indicating her next stop is going to be the Ngong hills forest in Nairobi conservancy.

The 35,000 indigenous seedlings planted were provided by Eastern Produce a tea processing company based in Nandi Hills.

Report by Charles Ngunjiri

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