President Ruto and the Kenya Kwanza government is committed to restoring deteriorated water catchment areas. In alignment to this goal, Environment and climate change Principal Secretary Eng. Festus K Ng’eno, together with Kuresoi North MP Hon Alfred Mutai, earlier on Friday led residents in planting more than 4,000 trees in the degraded catchment area.

Over the next 10 years, the government, following in the example set by H.E President Ruto, will grow at least 15 billion trees and restore 10.6 million hectares of degraded forests and rangelands.

President Ruto made a promise that the program will fully involve the public from the grassroots all the way to the Cabinet.

Residents of Sirikwa Ward in Kuresoi North Constituency were in the frontline of the preparations as they joined hands to dig the holes ahead of a tree planting exercise.

The exercise had been scheduled in the afternoon as part of the Mau South Landscape and Ecosystem Restoration Program to increase the tree cover from the current 12.3% to 30% in the next 10 years.

Environment and Climate Change Principal Secretary Eng. Festus K Ng’eno urged the residents of Kuresoi North to protect their environment for posterity and to mitigate against the effects of climate change.

The Environment and Climate Change PS said the community, whose mainstay is agriculture, is mainly affected by climate change as a result of unpredictable weather patterns, which negatively affect their yields.

Speaking in Kuresoi North during an inspection tour of Kuresoi-Chepsiro Road, PS Ng’eno reaffirmed the government’s commitment to deliver development projects to its people as stipulated in the Bottom-up Economic Transformation Agenda (BETA). The PS cited electricity connectivity, water supply, road upgrades and expansion, the building of a market, and the refurbishment of schools as the government’s key priorities