Kenya Army troops operating under Operation Amani Boni (OAB) in conjunction with the County Government of Lamu, National Government Administration Officers, Amu Ranch Conservancy and other Community Based Organisations in Mkunumbi planted over 5,000 tree seedlings at the Mkunumbi Military Camp and Amu Ranch in Lamu West Sub County.
The tree planting initiative is in line with the Commander-in-Chief’s national tree restoration campaign dubbed National Programme for Accelerated Forestry and Rangelands Restoration aimed at mitigating the devastating effects of climate change.
Speaking during the exercise, Major Anthony Njeru said the Kenya Defence Forces takes cognisance on the importance of environment conservation which is critical in supporting all activities in the globe.
Lamu Governor Issa Timamy encouraged the residents to continue planting trees to help in reducing greenhouse emissions, reversing deforestation, restoring deforested and degraded landscapes and protecting forest resources by providing habitats for wildlife.
The KDF personnel further indicated they will put efforts to nurture the trees to maturity in order to meet the objectives of planting them. Lamu County has set a target of planting 300,000 trees this year.