A collaboration between AstraZeneca (www.AstraZeneca.com) and Global EverGreening Alliance to restore degraded agricultural and forest land by planting 120,000 trees; the reforestation initiative will be introduced in Kajiado County; the initiative aligns with AstraZeneca’s global commitment to sustainable development in favor of environmental protection.
The health of our environment is intimately linked to human health.
Global pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca recognizes the close connection between a healthy planet and healthy people, and is committed to fostering environments in which all life can thrive. Trees are a nature-based response to removing CO2 and are essential for moderating the impacts of environmental change.
This week, the governor of Kajiado County, HE Joseph Ole Lenku; The Principal Secretary at the Ministry of the Environment Dr Chris K. Kiptoo; MP for Kajiado West Hon George sunkuiya; and the President of Kenya Forest Service Mr. Peter Kinyua, met Senior Fellow at Global EverGreening Alliance (GEA) – Kenya Chapter, Dr Kenneth Namunje, President of AstraZeneca for the African Cluster (South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Francophone Africa), Barbara nel, and the Director of Government Affairs of AstraZeneca SSA, Dr Kennedy Njau to plant the first of 120,000 trees in Kajiado County, Kenya. This initiative aligns with AstraZeneca’s global AZ Forest program, announced at the World Economic Forum in January, which pledged to plant 50 million trees by 2025 in partnership with global nonprofit partners One Tree Planted and Global EverGreening Alliance.
The initiative in Kajiado County will harness local knowledge and provide economic opportunities for smallholder farmers and rural communities through contract work such as seed collection, planting and long-term management. The project engaged around 100 smallholder farmers to establish nurseries in Kajiado County to feed the seedlings; up to 150 Indigenous and non-Indigenous commercial subcontractors; local seed suppliers and nurseries.
Barbara nelSaid AstraZeneca President for the African Cluster: “The devastating effects of drought and forest fires around the world are a powerful reminder of the impact of climate change on our planet. That is why we are doing our part to help reforest Kenya. Our AZ Forest program in Kenya, in partnership with the Global EverGreening Alliance and in collaboration with the government, is our commitment to both support a healthy environment and improve the socio-economic development and livelihoods of Kenyans in County of Kajiado. “
Dr Kenneth Namunje, Senior Fellow at Global EverGreening Alliance (GEA) – Kenya Chapter: “Global EverGreening Alliance Kenya (GEA), an NGO based in Australia, and our partners continue to impact livelihoods through the restoration of agricultural land, rangelands and forests. We take this opportunity to thank AstraZeneca for sponsoring the planting of 120,000 Gliricidia Sepium trees as part of a 3 year program in Kajiado County and look forward to increased collaboration in the future. . The Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry and the Kenya Forest Service supported the project. Zero Two Heros and Green Pasture Network will also collaborate with GEA as community implementation partners. “
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