Equity bank limited has committed to planting 35 million trees across Kenya aimed at driving sustainability and increasing the country’s forest cover which is in conjunction with celebrating 35 years of operations and service delivery.
The bank said it is working with Kenya Forest Service and accredited seedling vendors to produce seedlings hence ensuring that the target is achieved and reduces the destruction of forests.
Through the Presidency, the Kenyan government has declared its intention to plant 2 billion trees within the next three years. This is in a bid to increase the country’s contribution to addressing climate change. It is also an opportunity to engage the youth population in environmental conservation as well provide an opportunity to earn an income through tree planting and maintenance activities.
The initiative is also aligned to Kenya’s Big Four Agenda on Food Security and Youth Employment. A majority of the trees planted will be fruit and medicinal trees of commercial value. The project will also empower youth who will be tasked with raising high-quality tree seedlings in nurseries as an income-generating activity.