Dr Chris K. Kiptoo, CBS, Principal Secretary, National Treasury share a light moment with PSASB Chief Executive Officer, FCPA Fredrick Riaga in Kessup forest during the 7th edition of Kaptagat forest annual tree planting on July 1st, 2023.
Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (PSASB) donated about 3,000 indigenous tree seedlings during the 7th Edition of Kaptagat Forest Annual Tree Planting on 1st July 2023 in Kessup forest block, Elgeyo Marakwet County.
The exercise aimed at rehabilitating about 400 hectares within Kessup, Sabor, Kaptagat, Pennon and Kipkabus forest blocks. PSASB and partners, drawn from the Public and Private sectors, planted about 400,000 indigenous tree seedlings and 100,000 fruit trees to deal with climate change that is threatening human existence and biodiversity. The event was part of the Government’s strategy to plant 15 billion trees by 2032.
Climate change, land degradation, biodiversity loss, pollution, depletion of natural resources and waste are some of the environmental issues that need precise and urgent interventions for inter and intra-generational equity.
Since 2018, the Ministry of Environment has reclaimed about 55,884.5 hectares of public forest land that was illegally encroached, according to the Ministry’s strategic plan document posted on its website.
The event was graced by His Excellency President William Ruto, who was accompanied by his Deputy Rigathi Gachagua and hosted by Dr Chris K. Kiptoo, CBS, Principal Secretary, National Treasury.
“Every county, every constituency, every ward in this country will be a field for planting trees. Every one of us, organisations, Ministries, private sector, civil societies, and all people need to join hands in tree planting in our nation because the environment belongs to all of us. If we cannot plant trees, our lives on this planet will be tough,” the President said.