KENYA TO PLANT 20 MILLION TREES IN CLUB NETWORK -CS TOBIKO
Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Mr. Keriako Tobiko hosted the United Kingdom Parliamentary under Secretary of State for the Environment Thérèse Coffey who paid a courtesy call at his office.
The two held discussions centered on a wide range of issues among them, the queen’s commonwealth canopy, a unique network of forests conservation among the 53 member states.
Other subjects were the upcoming blue economy conference to be held in Kenya in November. Solid waste management, plastic bottles, plastic carrier bags and climate change were also deliberated on.
The CS said Kenya is among the first countries in the world to have a Climate Change Act (2016) an Act of Parliament that provides for a regulatory framework for enhanced response to climate change. It provides for mechanisms and measures to achieve low carbon climate development and for connected purposes that deals with climate change issues.
The United Kingdom has provided assistance during the formulation of some Acts of parliamentary and regulations in Kenya.
The UK Minister for environment said the queen’s commonwealth canopy is the one single environment initiative which Queen Elizabeth has associated herself with personally.
The initiative that is being implemented by International Tree Foundation (ITF) has been proposed by Commonwealth countries wanting to harness their collective expertise and resources to protect the world’s forests.
Kenya has submitted the draft memoranda of understanding between ITF and Kenya Forest Service on the Queen Canopy to the Attorney General for advisory.
Under the initiative Kenya plans to plant 20 million tree seedlings between 2016 – 2024.
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