Trans Nzoia administration Collaborates on Tree Planting Initiative.

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Trans Nzoia administration launched a major tree planting initiative on Friday in collaboration with the Kenya Forest Service and the Kitale High Court.

The initiative aims to contribute to President William Ruto’s ambitious national target of planting 15 billion trees by 2032.

Trans Nzoia County officials expressed their commitment to planting 11 million trees annually, reaching a total of 55 million by 2027.

Speaking at the launch, County Secretary Truphosa Amere stressed the importance of collaborative efforts to achieve this ambitious goal.

Environmental concerns were also addressed, with County Executive Committee Member Jamerose Mutama highlighting successful efforts to rehabilitate riparian land along the River Sabwani and urging residents to stop animal grazing that damages newly planted trees in the Kitale beautification program.

The judiciary’s role in environmental conservation was emphasized by Kitale Lands and Environment Judge Dr. Justice Fred Nyagaka, who pointed to the government’s significant financial commitment to climate change adaptation through the FLoCA program.

Justice Anthony Murima pledged the judiciary’s collaboration with stakeholders, including community groups and schools, to achieve national forest cover goals.

Elly Tinda, the Trans Nzoia County Forest Conservator, called for resident participation, urging them to plant at least 30 tree seedlings annually and 300 trees over a decade in order to achieve president’s target of planting the 15 B tress by 2032.

The meeting was also graced by the Kitale chief magistrate E.L Kasan and Trans Nzoia County attorney Charlse Wabwoba.

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