CAVS student leader and Prof. G Kironchi planting a tree
The University of Nairobi (UoN) staff and students from College of Agriculture and Veterinary sciences (CAVS) and College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) participated in marking the World Environment Day (WED) by planting trees and inter-corporate sports. A total of 44 students and 4 staff members attended the event. They were led by the Coordinator, CAVS Environmental Sustainability (ES) committee and Prof. G. Kironchi, and the former Principal CAVS, Professor Agnes Mwang’ombe assisted by Ms.Carolyne Kyalo and Ms Esther Waribu both from department of Land Resources and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT). Over 2500 tree seedlings were planted. The following institutions participated in the planting occasion:
- Del Monte Kenya Limited
- University of Nairobi (CAVS & CHSS)
- Total Kenya Limited
- Kenya Defence Forces (Moi Air Base Environmental Solders Programme)
- Barclays Bank - Thika Branch
- Nairobi County Developers
- Kyanzavi University College
- Members of the local community
Giving remarks as representative of the UoN team, Prof. Mwang'ombe indicated that “planting trees is infectious” hence the participating organizations in the event have history in planting trees together in strive of a greener and cleaner world. Her remarks were echoed by Kenya Defense Force Captain J.S Muli, who said “tree camouflages our dressing code” in military service, hence our passion in marking the WED through tree planting.
The MD Barclays Bank, Thika Branch Mr. Nickolas Njenga stated that “planting trees is fun”, because they enhance the aesthetics of the recreational ecosystem.
The local community leader, Mr. Joseph Kaminju, said “we are so grateful to Delmonte as our neighbours, because they have supported in various ways to improve not only our livelihoods, but also our social wellbeing.
In support to Conference of Parties (COP) principles on climate change, the MD Total Kenya, Ms Anne Solange said “the focus on tree planting is to reduce the carbon footprint” and indeed over the years, tree planting activities have increased in Kenya. A clear sign of striving to increase the forest cover to the proposed 10% by 2030.
The event was presided over by the Managing Director, Delmonte Kenya Limited (DMKL). Mr Stergios Gkaliamoutsas in his remarks he reiterated that, “it is a responsibility to all in raising global awareness on conservation and protection of the environment”. He informed the gathering that DMKL has attained the Global Agricultural Best Practices certification and that the company’s conservation and protection of the environment theme is “TAKATAKA NI JUKUMU LANGU” A Swahili translation for “Garbage is your own responsibility”
Thereafter, DMKL hosted the participating institutions in fun football on their sports ground.
DMKL had set a target of planting over 10,000 seedlings within the week, starting from the WED. The tree seedlings were contributed by the participating organizations, whereby DMKL, KDF, Total Kenya and Nairobi County Developers donated 5000, 1000, 5000, and 1000, respectively. The species brought included Trichilia emetica, calodendrum capense, Afrocarpus gracilior, Vitex keniensis, Vitex doniada, Olea wilwitchii, Brachyleana huilinensis, Cordia africana, Dovyalis abyssinica, Ziziphus mucronata, oxytenanthera abyssinica, Dendrocalamus asper. Olea Africana, Croton megalocarpus, Dombeya torrida, and Bischofia japonica