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WRC Safari Rally Kenya Greening legacy campaign heads to Kakamega and Kisumu counties

FOOTBALL By Standard Sports | June 2nd 2021
(From left) CS Sport Heritage, and Culture Amb. Dr. Amina Mohamed, CS Environment and Forestry Mr. Keriako Tobiko and WRC Safari Rally Kenya CEO Mr. Phineas Kimathi, pose for a photo during the greening legacy tree planting ceremony at Oile Park Kisumu on 2nd June 2021. [photo courtesy]

As part of promoting environmental conservation, the WRC Safari Rally Kenya Greening legacy project saw 10,500 trees planted in Kakamega and Kisumu counties on 2-3 June 2021.

Cabinet Secretary for Sports Dr Amina Mohamed, Environment CS Keriako Tobiko, and WRC Safari Rally Kenya CEO Mr. Phineas Kimathi lead various Environmental conservation groups during the initiative.

CS  Amina called on Kenyans to support the WRC Safari Rally greening legacy agenda to plant 6 million trees in 2021.

“The program targets wetlands and water catchment areas affected by deforestation, traditional Safari Rally Routes, and the Moi International Sports Centre's spectator stage, Kasarani," said CS Amina.

Environment CS Keriako Tobiko alluded that the late professor Wangari Maathai's sustained environmental conservation battle has born fruits with the climate change agenda adopted by people of all ages.

“We have less than ten years to take drastic action to reverse the consequences of climate change," he said.

Action during the 2021 ARC Equator Rally in Naivasha on April 24-25, 2021. [Standard Sports]

WRC Safari Rally Kenya CEO Mr. Phineas Kimathi said that the project has seen over 655,000 trees planted under the WRC conservation theme, whose target is to grow 19 million trees over three years to commemorate the 19 years the Safari Rally was out of the World Rally Championship circuit.

Day two of the campaign saw thousands of trees planted at the KALRO Sugar Research Institute (SRI) and along river Kibos. SRI Director Dr Omondi, Kisumu CEC Environment Mr. Orimba, CEC Tourism Achie Alai and WRC Safari Rally Greening legacy project Head Ivy Kaburu led the initiative.

(From left) WRC Safari Rally Kenya CEO Mr. Phineas Kimathi, Kisumu County CEC Achie Alai, CS Sport Heritage, and Culture Amb. Dr. Amina Mohamed and CS Environment and Forestry Mr. Keriako Tobiko pose for a photo during the greening legacy tree planting ceremony at Oile Park Kisumu on 2nd June 2021. [photo courtesy]

The project has seen thousands of trees planted along River Thingithu, Thanantu, Bwothunaro, and many wetlands in Meru County, Thika River in Kiambu and Machakos counties, Ngare Ndare forest Meru and Laikipia Counties, Mbooni Hills, Chyulu Hills, Mbui Nzau hill Makueni County, KWSTI in Nakuru county, Kamau river in Kitui County, River Kibos in Kisumu county, Kakamega Forest in Kakamega County, Sirimon river in Meru and Laikipia counties, River Mukothima and River Maara in Tharaka Nithi as well various schools and health centers in the greater Mount Kenya region.

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