By Alpha Bedoh Kamara
Kenya president Uhuru Kenyatta has committed his country’s willingness to increase forest cover to 10% by 2022 at the One Planet Summit discussions held at the UN complex in Gigiri.
At the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, French president Macron and Kenyan President Kenyatta co-chair a summit of the One Planet Coalition on the sidelines of the assembly. The meeting showcased innovative projects to accelerate the global shift to a low-carbon economy.
“My Administration has set clear targets through the National Green Growth Strategy in order to achieve global sustainable development goals. I pledge that Kenya will increase her forest cover to 10% by 2022 as we play our part as a member of the global community.
“We have further enacted a Public Private Partnership legislation that supports engagement of the private sector in public programmes. These partnerships between communities and the private sector will enhance the sustainable management of our forests. Kenya is working hard to do her part in the preservation and conservation of forest resources, as the safe and best pathway for the survival of humanity and life as we know it. Let us all pull together as nations of One Planet with a common sense of purpose”.
The United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) is the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment. UNEA enjoys the universal membership of all 193 UN Member States and the full involvement of major groups and stakeholders. It gathers ministers of environment in Nairobi, Kenya every 2 years.