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Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) held a tree planting event at Katoloni Secondary School in Machakos County on Tuesday, 7 April 2015. The exercise saw about 200 seedlings planted around the school compound and another 200 given to the neighbouring Mumbuni Girls’ High School.
Among the guests in attendance were Machakos County Executive Committee Member for Environment Kioko Waluka and representatives from the Kenya Forest Service, Red Cross and Youth Link. The KIPPRA team was lead by Acting Programmes Coordinator Dr Dickson Khainga.
Speaking during the event, Dr Khainga said the tree planting initiative was in support of the government’s efforts to achieve at least 10 per cent tree cover as per the Constitution’s requirements.
“Kenya’s tree cover had fallen to 3 per cent but through government and other initiatives, it has now risen to 6.99 per cent,” said Dr Khainga.
Mr Waluka thanked KIPPRA for choosing Machakos County, adding that the intiaitive would go a long way in conserving the environment and increasing tree cover in the county. He also promised more collaboration between his county and the Institute in future.
The event, which was organized by KIPPRA’s Environment, HIV/AIDS Health and safety Committee, also included a presentation of textbooks worth Ksh 30,000 to the two schools.
Katoloni Secondary School principal Wilson Wambua thanked KIPPRA, saying the trees would ensure the students enjoyed a cooler and favourable learning environment. He also said the books would enrich the school library and in turn contribute to a better academic performance.
Mr John Nyangena, the chairman of the HIV/AIDS Health and safety Committee, took the opportunity to educate the students on how to be safe from HIV infection.