In a demonstration of commitment to environmental conservation, Nakuru County’s Department of Water, Environment, Climate Change, and Natural Resources, under the leadership of CECM Dr. Nelson Maara, arranged a tree-planting event at Kipsirat Dam. The initiative, which took place in Tinet Ward, Kuresoi South Sub-County, saw the ceremonial planting of over 3000 trees, marking a significant stride towards the ambitious goal of growing 15 billion trees by 2032.
The Kipsirat Dam serves as a vital catchment area for the Amalo River, a key tributary to the Mara River. Recognizing the critical role this region plays in maintaining the ecological balance, Dr. Maara emphasized the paramount responsibility Nakuru County bears in expanding its forest cover, particularly in water catchment areas. The concerted effort aligns with global initiatives to combat climate change and preserve essential ecosystems.
The event unfolded as an introduction to the upcoming Mara Day celebration on September 15th, 2023, slated to be held in Serengeti, Tanzania. This strategic timing underlines Nakuru County’s dedication to contributing substantially to the global effort of sustaining our planet’s natural resources.
Addressing the gathering, Chief Officer for Environment, Kennedy Mungai, highlighted the need for community involvement in tree planting and environmental preservation. Mungai’s words resonated with the assembled crowd, which included Kuresoi South ACC Peter Kivuitu, Ward Admin Stephen Kungu, and pupils from Sotiki Primary School. The presence of local leaders, area Chiefs, and residents demonstrated a unified front in fostering a greener and more sustainable environment.
As Nakuru County takes significant strides towards its tree-planting target, the collective effort symbolizes hope in the face of climate change. Dr. Maara’s vision extends beyond mere tree planting; it captures a broader commitment to adaptability in the wake of a changing climate. The event serves as a moving reminder that each tree planted today contributes to a healthier, more resilient planet for generations to come.
In embracing this green initiative, Nakuru County emerges as a trailblazer in environmental stewardship, setting an inspiring example for regions globally. The 3000 trees planted in Kipsirat Dam stand as tangible evidence of a community coming together to safeguard the natural world, an investment in a sustainable future that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact on Nakuru County and beyond.