The Kenya Forest Service (KFS) joined Esageri - Sabatia Environmental Conservation Organization (ESACO) in an annual tree planting activity and the celebration of 10 years of conservation at Sabatia Forest, Koibatek District on 30th April 2011. The event which was graced by Ambassador Nehemiah Rotich as the chief guest kicked off in the morning by arrival of guests at the Sabatia Forest Station planting site, among them Nairobi Environmental Enthusiasts, the local administration, KFS officials which was among the sponsors and the local community.
|A student plants a tree at the site|
In his speech, Ambassador Rotich congratulated ESACO for their relentless efforts in forest conservation by setting a target of planting 50,000 trees every year for the next 15 years in addition to the individual target of 10 trees per person per year. He also urged the group to continue with the environmental awareness and tree planting programme with the hope to turn around the environment through sustained afforestation and reforestation of both public and private lands. He also asked them to continue inspiring the community to plant trees so as to rehabilitate degraded areas including rivers and catchment areas.
Giving his vote of thanks, the Forester for Sabatia Mr. Andrew Mbuthia thanked the entire community especially the students of Bakita Secondary School, local leaders, churches and youth for their involvement in the event.
Story by Mercy Ogolla and picture by Lilian Akoth