NCBA partners with Baboon Project to plant 10,000 trees in Nakuru to mark World Environment Day




As part of its activities to mark this year’s World Environment Day, NCBA partnered with the Baboon Project to plant 10,000 trees in Nakuru County.

During the day, celebrated under the theme “Focusing on land restoration, desertification and drought resilience,” the NCBA team, led by the group MD John Gachora, toured Kimathi Primary School for the tree planting drive.

Also present at the event was gracing the event was Hon Tessie Musalia, the spouse to the Prime CS and chair of Ushiriki Wema Foundation (who was the chief guest); Hon Susan Kihika, the Nakuru County, Governor; as well as the Baboon Project and Ahadi Kenya representatives.

(TOP: NCBA Group MD kneels to plant a tree at Kimathi Primary School in Nakuru County as part of the group’s activities to mark World Environment Day).

“As we gather to celebrate World Environment Day themed Focusing on land restoration, desertification and drought resilience, it is crucial to understand that every action, no matter how small, is a step towards saving our environment,” said John Gachora, the group MD of NCBA.

“According to the United Nations Environment Programme, Land Restoration is a key pillar of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030) a rallying call for the protection and revival of ecosystems all around the world which is critical to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.”

Last year, NCBA embarked on the group’s Sustainability Strategy with the launch of “Change the Story” platform which is anchored on 15 Bold Commitments.

At the heart of its sustainability commitments, the financial services provider has set itself ambitious targets, including the planting of 10 million trees by 2030 across the Group. This is part of NCBA’s efforts to contribute to the Government’s agenda to grow 15 billion trees during the 2022 to 2032 period.

“Partnerships with organizations such as Ushiriki Wema Foundation, Karura Forest, WWF, Kieni Climate Initiative, Wangari Maathai Foundation, Mama Doing Good Foundation and schools reinforce our tree growing ambition’, said Mr Gachora.

“Special mention to H.E. Madam Tessie Musalia as Chair of Ushiriki Wema Foundation with whom we have held three tree planting initiatives since last year World Environment Day in Bungoma.”

“Today we are kicking off a partnership with Baboon Project Kenya a conservation project that was established in the year 2021 in Nakuru and in collaboration with Kenya Forest Service. Together we plan to plant 10,000 tree seedlings with different schools and institutions in Nakuru County,” added the NCBA Group boss.

To expand the project, NCBA plans to activate the concept of ‘Adopt a School’, with its branches being responsible to plant and track tree growing within their respective locations.

Education and awareness, Mr Gachora noted, are key to the group’s pursuit of a sustainable future, stating that the tree-planting initiatives with schools across the country aim to instill a sense of responsibility and connection to nature for generations to come.

In her remarks, the chief guest, Hon Tessie Musalia, emphasized the importance of partnerships and collaboration in such initiatives.

“As we embark on this event, it’s essential to acknowledge the collaborative effort that has made today possible. The partnership between NCBA and the Baboon Project Kenya, the Kenya Forest Service, Ushiriki Wema Foundation and other Key stake holders exemplifies the power of collective action addressing environmental challenges,” said Hon Tessie Musalia.

“We find ourselves at a critical juncture in our planet’s history, facing unprecedented environmental threats such climate change and deforestation. The urgency of these challenges compels us to take proactive measures to safe guard our environment for future generations. Tree planting, in particular, emerges as a powerful tool in our arsenal, offering hope for mitigating climate change, preserving biodiversity, and protecting ecosystems.”

Ushiriki Wema Foundation is enhancing efforts aimed to mitigate the effects of deforestation and desertification by community engagement programs on the importance of conservation and facilitation with tree and fruit seedlings, capacity building in waste and management protocols.

“Today’s initiative which involves planting 10,000 tree seedlings in Nakuru County, holds profound significance. Nakuru’s rich biodiversity and ecosystem services make it a strategic location for our tree planting efforts, with far-reaching implications for environmental conservation and community resilience,” stated Hon Musalia.

On her part, Nakuru County Governor Hon Susan Kihika disclosed that the county administration has pledged to plant 10 million trees of different species by 2025.

“I call upon all residents to take up this course and avoid deforestation to safeguard nature for community benefit… Today, as we gather to plant tree seedlings, we are taking a significant step towards a greener and healthier planet. Our collective efforts today symbolize a commitment to restoring and preserving the natural beauty of Nakuru County,” said Governor Kihika.

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