The Star (Nairobi)

14 January 2013

Kenya: Nema in Pokot Tree Campaign

Kenyan youth have been urged to be at the forefront in environmental conservation efforts to mitigate the impact of global warming. The County Director of Environment, Mr Leonard Ofula, asked the youth to participate in tree planting exercises in rural and urban areas so as to combat the adverse effects of climate change.

Speaking at Makutano township during the launch of a tree planting and clean up drive, Ofula said the Ministry of Environment will plant trees on water catchment areas and degraded forests within Kapenguria municipality in West Pokot County.

The officer said 100 youth have been hired under the "Kazi Kwa Vijana Project" to undertake the planting drive that is set to run from January to March this year.

He said the government plans to plant 40,000 indigenous seedlings along the riparian and water catchment areas during the ongoing short rains.

"The youth will also clean up polluted rivers in urban centres to conserve the environment," Ofula said. He identified five polluted rivers as Soibei, Kotoruk, Siyoi, Karas and Aramaket in Kapenguria Division and warned that anyone found dumping solid waste into the resources or engaging wanton destruction of trees will be prosecuted.

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