The Kenya Army Environmental Soldier Programme was launched in 2003 as part of the Kenya Army participation in and support for a national cause towards environmental conservation and management. The environmental soldier concept is a deliberate effort to sensitize and create awareness amongst service personnel for total national defence through deterrence against environmental and foreign aggression. This programme presents a successful collaborative initiative between the Kenya Army and the Green Belt Movement through Prof Wangari Mathai, the 2004 Nobel Prize Laurette.

Fundamentally, the activities in the programme are soldier driven, where service personnel are voluntarily engaged in planting and nurturing of tree seedlings to sustainable levels. The climax periods for the programme are March-April and October-November, periods which coincide with local rainy seasons. The Army has continued to enhance the profile and status of the programme through deliberate sensitization activities.

  • Army Tree Planting Week. The inaugural tree planting week was observed in all Army Formations and Units between 1-5 November 2004 to sensitize them on the programme. During this week, a total of 86,256 tree seedlings were planted. Hon Prof Wangari Mathai was the Chief Guest during the official Tree Planting week ceremony held in Embakasi Garrison.

  • Recruits' Tree Planting Drive. This special function was held on 7th October 2006 at the Recruits' Training School, Eldoret. The exercise involved a participation of approximately to 2000 service personnel consisting of recruits and staff. The Green Belt Movement provided the technical support. The exercise saw 80,000 tree seedlings planted.

  • Bora Environmental Battalion competition. The Army Environmental Soldier Programme is one of the five competition parameters which count towards the annual Kenya Army Bora formations competition, an annual event where best Army Formations/Units are rewarded for top achievements. In the 2006 Bora competition, Transport Battalion was declared the best Environmental Battalion.

The Kenya Defence Forces soldiers together with locals in a tree planting exercise at Kikuyu Escarpment in 2010.

The Kenya Defence Forces soldiers together with locals climbing Kikuyu Escarpmen to plant trees in 2010.

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