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RBA partners with Netfund to plant 4,000 trees

Retirement Benefits Authority Chairman Nelson Havi and Chief Executive Officer Charles Machira plant a tree today during Kaptagat Forest Annual Tree Planting event in Elgeyo Marakwet county.

The Authority gave Ksh200,000 to the National Environment Trust Fund to buy, plant and maintain 4,000 seedlings in the forest. The National Environment Trust Fund is a state corporation established to mobilise and avail resources for environmental management in the country.

Environment and Forestry ministry in partnership with The National Treasury, National Environment Trust Fund, and other partners has over the last six years held Kaptagat Forest Annual Tree Planting event. Dr Chris Kiptoo, Principal Secretary, National Treasury, is the forest’s conservation patron.

The forest’s conservation initiative led by Dr Kiptoo has restored about 2,718 acres by growing 1.3 million types of indigenous trees. In addition, they have given 62,000 avocado seedlings to the neighbouring communities.

Tree planting is in line with President William Ruto’s call to plant 15 billion trees on 26 million acres all over the country by 2032. This will increase Kenya’s national tree cover to 30% from 12%.

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