EU Ambassador to Kenya Simon Mordue today visited the Kaptagat Forest, together with the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry, Hon. Keriako Tobiko, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative Walid Badawi, and Governors Alex Tolgos and Jackson Mandago of Elgeyo Marakwet and Uasin Gishu counties respectively.
The event “Panda Miti, Boresha Maisha” meaning plant trees to improve livelihoods - underlines the critical influence of the Kaptagat forest ecosystem on the livelihoods of the people in the two counties of Uasin Gishu and Elgeyo Marakwet for tea, potato, maize and coffee growing.
Ambassador Mordue noted that the challenge we are currently facing with the Corona Virus is not just that we should recover to where we were before, but recover in a better way that reconciles human beings to nature. This tree planting event is very timely towards this end.
The tree planting follows a visit to Embobut Forest, where the EU team met with local communities to discuss the next steps for the implementation of the EU funded Watershed Protection and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation (WaTER) Programme.