NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya plans to grow 1.8 billion trees in the next
five years in an effort to achieve the 10 percent globally
accepted tree cover, President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Saturday.
launched this year’s National Tree Planting Day and the Nairobi
Clean-up campaign in Nairobi, noted that at 7 percent, Kenya’s
forest cover remains low against the targeted 10 percent.
He said the
government plans to achieve the globally accepted 10 percent
tree cover by 2022 by intensifying tree planting and protection
through a massive national exercise.
The Kenyan leader
announced the establishment of a Presidential Environment Award
Scheme to honor those who distinguish themselves as excellent
He said the
government will look into opportunities for green bonds and tax
rebates on forest products to create opportunities for
innovation for the young people, all aimed at liberating the
energy and enterprise opportunities for the youth.
launched a fresh campaign to clean up Nairobi aimed at restoring
the city to its glorious past.
He said the city was
falling under the weight of garbage and reckless dumping of
chemicals and other hazardous industrial waste in the city and
“We must reject the
dumping of garbage on our roads and chemicals in the rivers
before we can truly say we have restored the green city in the
sun,” he said.
He said the dumping
of garbage was the cause of blocked drainage systems in the city
which must be addressed urgently.
“We have come today
for an important exercise to clean-up our environment and
protect it,” said the president who was on his way to the Moi
Forces Academy, Eastleigh to launch this year’s National Tree