Kenya donated a stretch of forest property within Nairobi’s city limits on Sunday to be used for tree planting as part of the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) global environmental responsibilities.
“UNEP at 50 Corner,” according to Keriako Tobiko, cabinet secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forest, would be held in City Park, a Nairobi suburb.
“We are donating this place in appreciation to UNEP’s effort in coordinating global efforts in confronting the planet environmental challenges in the past 50 years,” Tobiko said when he led a team of environment ministers, diplomats and delegates who are in Kenya for the 193 UNEP’s governing council members in planting trees at the corner.
UNEP has been at the forefront of the international community in ensuring that countries use scientific knowledge to advance the global environmental agenda. Tobiko stated that environmental conservation should be taken seriously by everyone because destruction in any part of the earth affects everyone.
According to the Kenyan official, environmental conservation is rooted in intergenerational equity, necessitating the involvement of people of all ages in conservation activities.
The 2.5-acre park (about 10117.1 square meters) is one of Nairobi’s green spaces, with 998 tree plant varieties and hundreds of bird species. The city park community woods association will be in charge of it.
From February 28 to March 4, Kenya will host the United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA5), which will take place in Nairobi under the subject “Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.”
On March 3-4, the assembly will host a special session to mark the 50th anniversary of UNEP’s founding in 1972.