Governor Nyong’o Spearheads Citywide Greening Initiative in Kisumu

Governor Nyong’o has led hi Kisumu residents in the tree planting program, Citywide Greening, that is aimed at converting the climate crisis faced in the nation in a bid to combat deforestation.

The county through the city management has launched an intensive citywide greening program to be undertaken within three years in which more than three million trees have been earmarked for planting towards greening Kisumu city, in climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Based on the 2021 national forest resource assessment report, forest cover in Kisumu stands at 10,254.1 acres (1.55 percent). The program is hereby aimed at increasing tree coverage within the county of Kisumu.

Governor Anyang Nyong’o said the program is part of the government’s strategy to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change through local climate actions.

“The program is part of my manifesto, which includes improving service delivery through enhanced infrastructure initiatives; environmental hygiene, conservation, and stewardship among others,” he said.

Nyong’o urged stakeholders and development partners to support the initiative for prosperity and achievement of the sustainable development goals and new urban agenda.

Citing growing populations and rapid urbanization rate, cities in Africa are on the frontline of exposure to dangerous levels of climate change issues that may impact negatively the livelihood and the economy.

“Cities need to launch their pathway to sustainable urban development and be ‘city smart’ to reduce the impact of climate change and other environmental risks. Since the population for African cities will grow by 950 million people by 2050 with Kisumu city included,” added Governor Nyong’o.

Citywide Greening Initiative is aimed at impacting Kisumu City’s weather as well as improving the state from a dry space to a cool region with hopes of the tree growth and coverage of the region.

Governor emphasized the tree planting agenda stating the threshold of planting three million trees under the greening citywide initiative, the city will spearhead tree planting on the 10th day of every month.

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