President Uhuru Kenyatta lead the nation in commemorating this year’s World Environment Day

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President Uhuru Kenyatta plants a ceremonial tree during the commemoration of the World Environment Day 2020 at the Nairobi Arboretum. Looking on is the Chairman Kenya Forest Service Mr. Peter Kinyua (R).

World Environment Day is observed on 5th of June every year and has been celebrated for the last 45 years. It is the United Nations’ flagship day for promoting worldwide awareness and action for the environment.

President Kenyatta said the government is fully committed to the conservation agenda and listed a number of ongoing initiatives among them the restoration of Michuki Park, the expansion of Nairobi National Park and the reclamation of grabbed forest land.

He said the Government is working overtime to expand green areas across the country.

“We are also reclaiming our Ngong Forest and we are going to start the process of fencing it and ensuring that it is also available not only for present but for future generations.

“We have done in the last one month another 2,000 acres for Nairobi National Park and this is what we want to continue doing including restoration of various green areas among them rehabilitation of City Park,” the President said.

He underscored the key role forests play as a reservoir of biodiversity saying Kenya is on course to achieving the 10 percent national tree cover target.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has a word with Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko and the Director General of Nairobi Metropolitan Services Major-General Mohammed Badi shortly after the commemoration of World Environment Day 2020 at Nairobi Arboretum.