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President Kenyatta to lead national tree planting on May 12

The current forest cover in Kenya is 6.99 per cent, which is below the requirement of 10 per cent

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Speaking during a press briefing on Sunday, Mr Esipisu encouraged every Kenyan to participate in the exercise that is geared towards increasing the country’s forest cover.

“The President will lead this exercise, accompanied by Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, here in Nairobi at the Moi Forces Academy. We encourage every Kenyan, and those who live within our borders, to plant a tree or trees wherever they will be on that day,” the State House Spokesperson said.

The national event, whose theme will be ‘Panda Miti, Penda Kenya’, will be graced by the President accompanied by Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko.

Esipisu urged members of public, corporates, organizations and other groups to heed the appeal by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry which is implement initiative to participate by planting trees as well as donating trees to Kenya Forest Service (KFS) or county governments.

The initiative is part of the government's plan to increase the country’s forest cover from the current 7 per cent to 15 per cent by the year 2022.

According to the 2015 National Forest Policy, the current forest cover in Kenya is 6.99 per cent, which is below the requirement of 10 per cent

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