The Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change, and Forestry, Soipan Tuya, oversaw the unveiling of a new partnership focused on tree growing at Kinale Forest in Kijabe, Kiambu County.
The partnership, called the ‘Climate Action Collaboration,’ is spearheaded by Safaricom and has the ambitious goal of planting over 10 million trees across Kenya within the next five years.
The initiative is in line with the government’s 15 billion trees in ten years plan.
The Climate Action Collaboration includes several partners, such as Kenya Forest Service, Absa, and Huawei, as well as Community Forest Associations (CFA) in the areas where the partnership will be growing trees.
During the launch, the Cabinet Secretary was joined by staff from Safaricom, Absa, Huawei, and other partner organizations in planting 300 trees in Kinale forest.
As part of the launch, Safaricom unveiled an air quality monitoring application that they are developing.
Additionally, Kiambu Governor Kimani Wamatangi, Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa, Absa CEO Yusuf Omari, and Kinale CFA members joined the Cabinet Secretary to mark the beginning of the Climate Action Collaboration.
The partnership is a significant step towards mitigating the effects of climate change and preserving the country’s natural resources.
With the involvement of several partners, it is hoped that the initiative will have a far-reaching impact and encourage others to follow suit in contributing to the country’s environmental conservation efforts.