Cabinet approves directive to mark all State events with plantation of 200-500 trees
The cabinet has directed that all State functions presided over by public officials be marked with the planting of trees.
This was recommended during their fourth official sitting on Tuesday, December 6.
The Cabinet Secretaries said that the move which will be effective immediately is aimed at providing climate solutions as championed by President William Ruto and in line with the National Tree Growing Restoration Campaign which seeks to have 15 billion trees planted across the country by 2030.
Cabinet says their target ranges between 200 to 500 trees at every State function.
“Cabinet resolved that all public engagements presided by the President, the Deputy President, Cabinet Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, and all other cadres of State or Public Officers will be marked by the planting of a designated minimum number of trees under various categories of between 200 to 500 seedlings,” part of the statement reads.
“As part of the long-term measures to address the devastating effects of climate change and desertification, Cabinet approved the National Tree Growing Restoration Campaign. The tree growing campaign targets to mobilize the nation in planting fifteen billion trees by the year 2030, translating to 30% national tree cover.”
At the same time, the Cabinet lauded all persons and private entities that continue to support the government in alleviating the effects of drought across the country and approved the scaling-up of drought response strategies.
“The interventions will continue targeting vulnerable individuals and households, with the primary objective of saving lives and preserving livelihoods,” the statement further reads.
“The meeting also noted with appreciation the high sense of civic duty demonstrated by private entities, public entities, and individuals in supporting the families affected by the ongoing drought. The support has been received both in cash and in-kind under the auspices of the National Drought Mitigation Appeal Fund that is spearheaded by the National Steering Committee on Drought Response.”