Kenya Reinsurance Corporation Limited (Kenya Re) in collaboration with the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) conducted a grand tree planting exercise on Wednesday, 25th May 2022 with an aim of attaining the Government of Kenya’s target of achieving and maintaining over 10% tree cover by the year 2022.
The Managing Director, Mr. Jadiah Mwarania – OGW, officially commissioned the tree-planting exercise at Uplands Forest Station, Matathia Block in Kiambu County which saw the team plant a total of 50,000 tree seedlings. The tree seedlings were fully sponsored by Kenya Re to commemorate its 50 successful years of impact, growth and profitability since its inception in December 1970.
Speaking during the event, Mr. Mwarania, emphasized the importance of protecting the environment as an insurance for better lives of our future generations.
“I believe planting trees is one of the most important things we can do to contribute to the health of the planet. I hope today’s exercise will act as a reminder of our collective responsibility towards a sustainable future for the region and inspire action from all stakeholders to protect the environment.” Remarked Mr. Mwarania.
Kenya Re as a corporate entity has risen to the occasion and has been a key consistent champion of environmental conservation through Annual Tree planting. The Corporation has planted over 16,000 tree seedlings in various parts of the Country which is a remarkable contribution to provision of oxygen, improving of air quality, climate amelioration, conserving water as well as preserving the soil. Kenya Re has also been actively involved in Tree planting activities at Kibiko Secondary School in Ngong and at Moi Girls School – Isinya.
The planting of the 50,000 tree seedlings is in tandem with the grand Government’s mission under Vision 2030, to increase the area under forest cover to 10% by 2030 and to sustainably manage forest resources for environmental protection and enhanced economic growth.
In attendance at the Grand Tree planting ceremony was: Kenya Re Management and Staff, National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND) Manager in charge of strategic planning, Mr. Joshua Anampiu, Kenya Forest Service (KFS) Ecosystem Conservator – Mr. Paul Karanja, NETFUND staff as well as Kenya Forest Service (KFS) Staff.
Kenya Re Managing Director - Mr. Jadiah Mwarania ( extreme right), Kenya Forest Service – Kirinyaga County Ecosystem Conservator, Mr. Paul Karanja (centre), NETFUND Manager - Strategic Planning, Mr. Joshua Anampiu (second right) and Kenya Re Manager - Human Resources, Ms. Sally Waigumo plant a commemorative tree to mark Kenya Re’s 50 years of existence at Uplands Forest Station in Kiambu County on Wednesday, 25th May 2022. The firm planted a total 50,000 tree seedlings to mark their 50th Anniversary.