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Mr. Isaiah Nakoru planting a tree during the tree planting session in Lamu

Shipping and Maritime join hands with NYS, KWS, KFS and KEFRI in Lamu county to plant 18,000 seedlings

The State department for shipping and maritime affairs led by Secretary of Administration Mr. Isaiah Nakoru, EBS in collaboration with NYS, KEFRI, KWS, KFS, National Administration and the community of Bomani , Lamu West constituency have planted 18,000 seedlings in Bomani area in a 16.2 Hectares piece of land in the water catchment areas.

This is following the presidential directive on tree planting across the country, where in 10 years Lamu County has a target of  planting 149M trees.

Speaking during the tree planting session Mr. Nakoru stated that trees protection in the water catchment areas is critical and the local administration should mitigate on vises such as bush burning which results to burning of trees.

He also urged the community to take responsibility of looking after the planted trees for sustainability as the trees would benefit the members of the community and urged the local administration to organize a Multi-agency meeting to sensitize community  about trees and protection of the same.

 

Kenya Wildlife Service officer in-charge in Lamu west Mr. James Githinji lauded the activity stating that it's their responsibility to collaborate with agencies and take part in  such activities to protect the habitants of the animals.

"Lamu county is number two in leading forest coverage in the country and we are ready to assist in tree planting and conservation" he said.

The tree species planted include ,Tamarindas indica (mkwaju), Ficus Benjamina (evergreen), Terminalia spinosa (mwangati), Erythriphleum guinensee (mkelekele), trichilia roka (mti maji), afzelia quanzensis (mbambakofi) and Adansonia digitata (mbuyu or baobab).

Later the Ministry of Mining, Blue Economy and Maritime Affairs is planning to plant more trees in collaboration with 13 schools situated within the catchment areas where each student will plant at least four seedlings to spearhead the tree planting agenda.