Kenya Defence Force (KDF) in collaboration with the Kenya Forest Services( KFS) and Ngong local populace, today conducted a tree planting exercise at the Bomas block of Ngong forest, Nairobi, where 1500 indigenous trees were planted.
KDF is complementing Kenya Forest Service efforts in rehabilitation and restoration of degraded forests through the Environmental Soldier Program which was initiated in 2018.The main aim of the program is to restore and protect the already dilapidated forest cover.
Led by DHQ Camp Admin Unit, Commanding Officer, the exercise brought on board the Bomas Assistant Chief Mr. Charles Ouma Awino and Kazi Mtaani Youth.
Speaking during the exercise DHQ Camp Admin Unit officer commanding stated that, ”With the current covid 19 pandemic, environmental cleanliness is essential with the foundation of it laying on the protection of forest resources which supports livelihood and also serve in purifying the atmosphere supplying oxygen needed to sustain lives”. He emphasized the protection and nurturing of trees is the foundation of clear environment. “We, therefore need to grow trees across our landscape, in public forest, community forest lands and also in farm lands,” he said.
Bomas Ngong forest station branch manager Mr. Johnstone Nguyai,stated that, the partnership exhibited by the KDF and KFS showed that good things can happen when agencies come together for a noble cause.
“Protecting our environment and forests is a shared responsibility and we shall relentlessly endeavor to make our area of jurisdiction a centre of excellence” Nguyai said, adding that “In dealing with the KDF leadership and other agencies, we intend to achieve 10% tree cover by 2022”.
Present during the planting exercise were senior officers, officers and service members.