Kenya: The Kenya Forest Service(KFS) in collaboration with Chemususu Dam Half Marathon sponsors and organizers, the County Government of Baringo and the local community participated in a tree planting event on 7th April 2023 within the catchment of Chemususu dam where over 5,000 indigenous trees were planted.
The Kenya Forest Service Board Chairman Mr. Job Chirchir was the Chief Guest during the exercise and was accompanied by the Ag. Chief Conservator of Forests, Mr. Alex Lemarkoko.
In his remarks, Mr. Chirchir outlined the Government’s effort of ensuring that Kenya attains the 30% tree cover by 2032 as per the presidential directive. He took the opportunity to address various forest management issues raised by the local leaders. He further appreciated contributions made by various notable partners towards tree growing initiatives. He also appreciated NACOFA for providing uniforms to a number of community scouts.
Speaking at the event, the Ag Chief Conservator of Forests Alex Lemarkoko, lauded the efforts made in creating green jobs that will see youth being engaged on issues of tree planting and maintenance. He appreciated good forest management work being undertaken by Baringo County KFS team lead by Ms Ann Nyaoke.
He also appreciated the community surrounding Chemususu Forest for safeguarding the forest, an initiative he noted should be emulated by other communities within Mau conservancy and Kenya as a whole.
The event was also attended by KFS Board member Mr Zakayo Maina Waweru, Mau Regional Forest Conservator Mr. Francis Kariuki, Hon Musa Sirma- MP for Eldama Ravine Constituency, representation from the County Government of Baringo, a host of MCAs, National Government Administrative Officers , Lembus Council of leaders as well as the local community.