Nyeri Governor H.E Mutahi Kahiga joined Nyeri residents to mark the World Environment Day at Whispers Park grounds in Nyeri town. This international event is usually celebrated on 5th June every year and is normally a week long exercise.

The theme for this year is “Air Pollution a Silent Killer” and the slogan “Clean air my right, my responsibility.”

Nyeri was put on the world map by our very own daughter, legend Nobel Laureate Prof. Wangari Maathai from Tetu who is celebrated the world over for her achievements in protecting the environment and hallowed public spaces. She taught the world to love trees “What a Friend we have in a tree, the tree is the symbol of hope, self-improvement and what people can do for themselves”.

Nyeri plays host to two of the five most important water towers in this country namely the Mt. Kenya and the Aberdares ecosystem. The two towers occupy 38% of our total land mass and according to a UN report, Nyeri is leading in forest cover.

Prof. Wangari Maathai once said, “I want to do the right things – I want to plant trees, I want to make sure that the indigenous forests are protected because I know, whatever happens, these are the forests that contain biodiversity, these are the forests that help us retain water when it rains and keep our rivers flowing, these are the forests that many future generations will need.”

County Government of Nyeri has set an ambitious target of increasing our forest cover to 42% from the current 38% in the long term. This has called for increased funding from 2019/2020 budget and development partners to achieve this very critical agenda during Governor Kahiga’s first term of service. In the next year we target to plant over 1,000,000 trees which will account for 1% approximately 2000 hectares of land.

We currently run four programs, under the County Greening Initiative, namely School Greening Programme, on farm forestry programme, Riparian Reserves conservation and afforesting of community forests, whereby since 2013, we have managed to plant 579,692 trees, and increasing the forest cover by 0.582 from 38.03% to 38.612%.

This year,the county is distributing seedlings to schools and other institutions worth KES 1.8 Million. We have invested 22 million worth of trees both fruits and indigenous from our budget towards this end. 
The governor is committed to give the necessary policy direction related to the environment to ensure that biodiversity and nature is accorded the highest level of protection and the respect it deserves.

CGN has constituted the County Environment Committee which is formulating the County Environment Action Plan (CEAP) which will be the environmental conservation blue print for the next five years.

The partners for this year’s event were Dedan Kimathi Foundation, Kamwenja TTC, Almasi Bottlers, Nyeri Youth and Women Empowerment, Golden Green company, Karatina University, NEMA, KFS, Nyeri Technical among others.