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A Special Day for Forests Worldwide

By Jackson Bambo, Kenya Forests Working Group (KFWG)

A Special Day for Forests Worldwide
Hon. Dr. Noah Wekesa planting a tree in Ngong Road forest to mark the 1st International
Day of forest .

On 21st March 2013, Kenya Forests Working Group joined other stakeholders in celebrating the 1st International Day of Forests dubbed: towards 10% national tree cover which will be marked on 21st March of every year. In Kenya the event took place at Ngong Road forest, Nairobi. It was co-organized by the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife, Kenya Forest Service (KFS), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and other United Nations organizations. The guest of honour during the event was the former Minister for Forestry and Wildlife, Hon. Dr. Noah Wekesa.

A Special Day for Forests Worldwide
Dr. Kalua, of Kenya Water Towers Agency plants a tree at Ngong Road Forest

This event is meant to celebrate forests because they enhance our lives; forests truly are something to celebrate. They offer habitat for a myriad wildlife, contribute to forest-based economies through the provision of a wide array of goods and services, an assortment of recreation opportunities and, best of all, they provide us with opportunities to connect with the natural world. Understanding the many benefits which we gain from forests and the major roles they play in maintaining a healthy society is an essential first step towards building a sustainable future.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21st March the International Day of Forests. The Day will now be celebrated annually to raise awareness on the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns.

A Special Day for Forests Worldwide
Jackson Bambo of KFWG plants a tree to mark World Forest Day at Ngong Road Forest.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 May 2013 16:54 )


0 #1 ANN KINYA MBUTURA 2013-05-28 10:15
That was good work J.Bambo. Carry on the conservation work so that we do not die of the monster known as climate change. I love Trees and am also doing the same these sides of Ngong Hills.

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