Governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo led county officials and residents in a tree planting exercise that was held at Kapkoris Hills, in order to restore forest cover that has been destroyed by consistent human activities through logging and charcoal burning.
official countrywide tree planting exercise which was replicated at county and sub-county levels was held on 12th May, while the governor was away on official duties.
Speaking during the exercise, Prof. Lonyangapuo noted that charcoal burning has been a great threat to the environment, putting emphasis on the need to stop further depletion of the environment.
He urged residents and schools to plant trees so as to achieve the 10% forest cover by 2030.
“This is the time for us as a county to restore what we have lost. Let us make tree planting a personal initiative. Let us plant ten seedlings when we cut one tree. That is how we will continue to ensure that we protect our environment.” Said the county boss.
CEC Jackson Yaralima- Water, Environment and natural resources said that schools play a critical role in continuing the tree planting trend. He urged stakeholders, private sectors and the general public to be on the forefront in protection of the environment.
“Schools play an important role in inculcating the values of environmental protection, of planting and taking care of trees. Each learner should plant and adopt a tree. As such, we shall work very closely with schools across the county,” noted Mr. Yaralima.
His sentiments were shared by his fellow CEC members Joel Arumonyang, Geoffrey Lipale and Luka Chepelion, who all mentioned the importance of tree planting and protection of the environment in West Pokot.
Chief Officers Milka Psiwa and Peter Adoki said the initiative will go a long way in realizing the 10% target of forest cover in the county and countrywide.
The Department of Water, Environment and Natural Resources targets 61,000 tree seedlings to be planted across the county.