2,700 forest rangers and 600 forest officers are to be hired, according to President Ruto,
2,700 forest rangers and 600 forest officers are to be hired, according to President Ruto
To further the government’s plan to grow Kenya’s forest cover to more than 30% by 2032, President William Ruto has ordered the immediate employment of 2,700 Forest Rangers and 600 Forest Officers.
According to the President, Kenya is worried about climate change and how it would affect the entire nation, particularly the dry and semi-arid regions.
Without a doubt, the President stated, “Climate change is affecting our strategy for achieving socioeconomic transformation and the Sustainable Development Goals.”
He claimed that as a result of three years of insufficient rain, Kenya is currently experiencing its worst drought in 40 years.
“While we look for quick fixes to address the changing situation, I’ve ordered that a long-term, sustainable solution be implemented to address the global concerns. The long-term solution entails having more than 30% of our country covered in trees by 2032, he stated.
Only 5.2 million square kilometers of Kenya’s 59.2 million square kilometers are covered in forests, according to data on the country’s forest cover, he said.
“The 54 million hectares that are left are uninhabited and vulnerable to erosion and biodiversity loss. President Ruto said that more over 80% of this area is in dry and semi-arid regions.
He said that a Special Presidential Forestry and Rangeland Restoration Acceleration Programme was now being designed by the government.
5 billion trees will be grown over the following five years, and an additional 10 billion trees will be grown between 2027 and 2032. Through constituency nerve centers in the 290 constituencies as well as some carefully chosen ecosystems, this will eventually result in the rehabilitation and restoration of 10.6 million hectares, the politician continued.
The Head of State announced that he will soon establish a Climate Change Council to direct Kenya’s climate action through stakeholder interactions coordinated in the Presidency in accordance with the Climate Change Act, 2016.
To finance the suggested actions, the council will begin mobilizing funding from public, private, and international sources, including climate finance.
This is founded on UN objectives and supported by the UNDP, UNEP, FAO, UNCDF, and New York’s Multi-Partner Trust Fund Tree Growing and Sustainable Forestry Finance Management Programme.
The program also complies with Kenya’s pledges made under the United Nations Decade of Action on Ecosystem Restoration and other multilateral environmental accords to aid in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.
Kenya will encourage the world to take more aggressive climate action during the 27th UN Climate Change Conference in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt, next month.
The Government will keep funding the Kenya Forestry Research Institute’s (KEFRI) efforts to produce, collect, process, test, and distribute high-quality tree seeds at its 18 Tree Seeds Centers, located in Kitui, Muguga in Kiambu, Garissa, Migori, Kakamega, Londiani in Kericho, Turbo in Uasin Gishu, and Marigat in Baringo. The others are Lamu, Taita Taveta, Meru, Wajir, Maseno in Kisumu, Kibwezi in Makueni, Nyeri, Turkana, and Rumuruti in Laikipia.
The storage capacity of KEFRI will increase from the present 60 metric tonnes annually to 240 metric tonnes as a result. Due to the green jobs generated by the seedling production, this will add Ksh100 billion to the economy in ten years, according to the President.
Agroforestry, mango, avocado, and macadamia growing, according to the Head of State, could also open new value chains for our export market, generating new green jobs in the industry.
I therefore implore all Kenyans to join the government’s initiative to plant at least 15 billion trees over the next ten years, he said.
He also urged the governors to help counties’ efforts to improve their forest cover.
When Kenyans celebrated Mashujaa Day this year, the President spoke at Uhuru Gardens.