The Agrochemicals Association of Kenya (AAK) is partnering with communities living around Likia-Mau forest to plant over half-a-million or 500,000 indigenous trees, in a drive meant to increase forest cover.
The tree planting exercise which began on Friday last week will is an ongoing activity AAK Chief executive Ms. Evelyn Kusanaka said the move is part of the firm’s CSR that has seen over 50 organizations both public and private come join in support of the initiative, christened, “Adopt a hectare”.
The project according to the Kusanaka involves the local community through buying of seedlings and engaging them as casuals to do the land preparation, planting and maintenance, with each acre costing Sh150, 000 bringing the entire cost of the project to sh1.5 million.
The planting of the trees is done at Sh40 by the community in the area in a process that will see 100 hectares of forest cover met.
“What we started is meant to benefit the communities around this area, one that will also act as source of income to most households,” she said.
Earlier in the year, the State outlined policy measures that if implemented would boost Kenya’s forest cover from the current 7 per cent to the globally accepted minimum of 10 per cent by planting over 1.5 billion trees over the next four years.
The Government will also encourage the uptake of green bonds to finance green projects and mainstream climate change in the school curriculum, coupled with the establishment of a Presidential Environment Award Scheme to honor those who distinguish themselves as environmentalists.
The Kenyan government has already offered a framework for engagement with communities, stakeholders and private partners through the Forest Conservation and Management Act and the National Forest Programme to drive this agenda.