NATURAL FOREST
MANGROVE FOREST
FARM FORESTRY
FOREST PLANTATION
DRY LAND FOREST
PARTICIPATORY FOREST MANAGEMENT

FIRST LADY CELEBRATES KENYAN HEROES AND HEROIN IN TREE GROWING AND FOREST CONSERVATION

By Benedetta Wasonga

 

Excellence and passion for forestry was awarded during the inaugural ceremony for the Tree Growing and Forest Conservation Awards officiated by Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, the First Lady of the Republic of Kenya as the best of Kenya award winners across the country gathered at the Kenya Forest Service Headquarters in Nairobi to receive their awards. 

During the ceremony, fifty four awardees were recognized with trophies and certificates for their passion and efforts in tree growing and conservation. They included different categories namely individuals, schools, community groups, private organizations, state agencies, county governments and unsung heroes in the forestry sector. The theme for the award ceremony was “Celebrating Kenyan Heroes in Tree Growing and Forest Conservation”.

Speaking at the ceremony, the First Lady held that the survival of human beings is highly dependent on the sustainability efforts of the entire ecosystem. She however pointed out that human actions, short term and sometimes selfish motivations have negatively impacted, threatened or endangered our fragile forest cover. “This ceremony will remind us that we are all dependant on the environment and that the role our ancestors have played in the past, the role we play today, and the role our children will play in the future is extremely vital to our human survival”, she said. The First Lady congratulated the awardees for their efforts in protecting forests and their optimism for appreciating the true potential of forests and reconciling their economic efforts with sustainability values.

Speaking at the same event, the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu reminded Kenyans of their constitutional obligation to take care of the environment. “The preamble of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 mandates Kenyans to be respectful of the environment, which is our heritage, and is determined to sustain it for the benefit of the future generations”. She further reiterated the state as the duty bearer towards achieving the 10% tree cover. “Chapter five section 69 requires the state to work to achieve and maintain a tree cover of 10% of the land area of Kenya.  In this regard Kenya has committed to restore 5.1 million hectares of degraded forest lands as part of her contribution to the nationally determined contribution to the Bonn challenge under the Paris agreement last year. In this respect every citizen has a duty to cooperate with state organs and other persons to protect and conserve the environment and ensure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources.” Prof. Judi wakhungu also appreciated the awardees for their efforts in protecting our forests. “Today’s event of awarding Tree growers and Forest Conservation heroes drawn from the 47 Counties across the country clearly demonstrates an appreciation of the great role  individual tree growers, pastoralists, forest adjacent communities, community organizations, faith based organizations, schools,  civil society organizations, the private sector and state agencies play in enhancing County’s  forest cover” In thanking the donor community namely World Bank, European Union, Finnish Embassy, American Embassy, Israel Embassy, Japanese embassy, Korean Embassy among other development partners the cabinet secretary expressed optimism towards increased funding for forestry sector development in Kenya.

In her remarks, the Principal Secretary for State Department of Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima praised the award scheme and congratulated the awardees for their achievements. Being the first edition of the awards ceremony which is intended to be an annual event, the Principal Secretary hoped that future of this scheme will encourage Kenyans towards tree planting and conservation and eventually increasing the forest cover. “This first edition of the tree growing and forest conservation awards ceremony 2017 sets a pace for future events that will showcase achievements of citizens and stakeholders in forest conservation as the country strives towards the attainment of the 10% tree cover”.  Her sentiments were echoed by the Kenya Forest Board Chairman Peter Kinyua who reaffirmed KFS commitment in working with partners in protecting Kenya’s forests “Once again on behalf of Kenya Forest Service I wish to reaffirm my support and commitment to fostering further partnerships with county governments, private sector, civil society organization, community organizations and other relevant stakeholders that will create meaningful change in the forestry sector in Kenya”.   

Hosting the event, the Chief Conservator of Forests Emilio Mugo thanked the First Lady for honoring the invitation to officiate the awards ceremony an idea that was mooted by her Excellency the First Lady almost three years ago. He expressed optimism that the award ceremony will be bigger in the coming years through partnership with the private sector, development partners, the business community and conservationists. 

A call for application was made and a total of 500 applications were received from the Eco-System Conservators. Awardees were selected from all the 47 counties countrywide by a panel of independent judges drawn from various institutions affiliated to the Environment and Natural Resources Sector namely NETFUND, KEFRI, Forestry Society of Kenya, Kenya Wildlife Society Ministry of Agriculture, and Kenyatta University. The idea of utilizing independent judges was to make the award process credible and transparent. The main objective of the award is to recognize individuals, organizations and partners who are actively taking part in tree growing and forest conservation across the country.  The First Lady awarded the winners in all the categories and unsung heroes, while the Cabinet Secretary and the Principal Secretary awarded the first runners and the second runners up respectively. The overall award went to Timothy Luvongo Lidjodi from Kakamega County who also scooped the best award in the individual category and the unsung heroes’ category. In the same category, Father Herman Borg and Gaetano Francis Wafula were also awarded.

Present at the event were the United States Embassy Environment, Science, Technology and Health Officer Tatum Albertine , UNEP Kenya Country Programme Coordinator Cyrille-Lazare Siewe, Korean Embassy Deputy Representative to United Nations in charge of Environment Park Rhyunmin, Japanese International Corporation Agency, Nobukazu Noniwa from the Embassy of Japan, Chair of the National Assembly Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Hon. Amina Abdulla, CEC in charge of Environment in the Council of Governors Dr. Wilson Chumo, representatives from  Kitui, Laikipia and Makueni County governments who scooped the second, first and winner respectively in the county government category. 

During the ceremony, the individuals and organizations indicated in the list below were awarded for their efforts in tree growing and forest conservation.

Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta signs visitor's book flanked by (R-L) KFS Board Chairman Peter Kinyua, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu, Chief Conservator of Forests Emilio Mugo, PS Marg.

 

Fr. Herman Borg receives a trophy for the unsung heroes category.

 

Group photo with all the awardees.

 

Group photo with the organizing committee.

 

Timothy Lidjodi recieves a trophy for the overal winner.

 

LIST OF AWARDEES

 

 

No

Category

Classification

Name of Awardees

Position

County

1.

Best Individual in TG&FC

High Rainfall Areas

Timothy Lidjodi

Peter Kamau Muturi

Rose Waithera Makimei

Caroline Nandwa Nyakeri

Winner

1st Runners up

2nd Runners up

2nd Runners Up

Kakamega

Kirinyaga

Kiambu

Trans-Nzoia

Medium Rainfall Areas

Phylis Muthoni Ndoro

Abdalla M. Malima

Henry Mwanzia Mutuku

Winner

1st Runners up

2nd Runners up

Laikipia

Mombasa

Makueni

Low Rainfall Areas

Mathews Odhiambo Asuna

Peter Ndungu Moses

George Kailutha Laibuni

Winner

 

1st Runners up

2nd Runners up

Siaya

 

Kwale

Isiolo

2.

Best School in TG&FC

High Rainfall Areas

Mukoma Secondary

Njenga Primary School

Moi Girls Kamusinga

Winner

1st Runners up

2nd Runners up

Kiambu

Kirinyaga

Bungoma

Medium Rainfall Areas

Kwosau Primary School

Kyatune Boys High

Ngangani Primary School

Chelombai Primary

Gitiba Primary School

Winner

1st Runners up

2nd Runners up

2nd Runners Up

2nd Runners Up

Machakos

Kitui

Machakos

Pokot

Nairobi

Low Rainfall Areas

Furaha Secondary

Dembwa Primary School

Kanagoni Primary School

Winner

1st Runners up

2nd Runners up

Wajir

Taita Taveta

Kilifi

3.

Best Community Group in TG&FC

High Rainfall Areas

MU-ILE-ISHI CFA

Kiangure Spring Environment Initiative

New Njokiri Muungano CFA

Winner

1st Runners up

 

2nd Runners up

Kakamega

Nyeri

 

Embu

Medium Rainfall Areas

Musekano CFA

West Karateng Green Network Development Group

Lariak CFA

Winner

1st Runners up

 

 

2nd Runners up

Kitui

Kisumu

 

 

Laikipia

Low Rainfall Areas

Rangala Ujamaa Farmers SHG

Mida Creek Conservation & Awareness Group

Garissa Go Green Group

Hanuniya Malmaley SHG

Winner

 

1st Runners up

2nd Runners up

2nd Runners up

2nd Runners up

Siaya

 

Kilifi

 

Garissa

Wajir

4.

Best Disability Group in TG&FC

-

Neema Advocate Disability Group

Kambi ya Juu Visually Integrated Primary

 

Winner

 

1st Runners up

 

Imenti North

 

Isiolo

5.

Best Corporate in TG&FC

Private

Thumaita Tea Factory

Weru Tea Factory

Plant Trees Technology

Winner

1st Runners up

2nd Runners up

 

Kirinyaga

Tharaka-Nithi

Kiambu

State Agency

KENGEN-Mbeere South

Kenya Civil Aviation Authority-Wajir

Isiolo GK Prison

Winner

1st Runners up

 

2nd Runners up

 

Embu

Wajir

 

Isiolo

6

Best Large Scale Commercial Tree Farmers

-

George S.N Macharia

Asante Kenya Foundation

Africa Wood Grow LTD

Winner

1st Runners up

 

2nd Runners up

 

Nyandarua

Kwale

 

Kitui

7

Best Industry Players in TG&FC

-

Green Port Enterprise Limited

Krystalline Salt Limited

Eastern Produce Kenya LTD

Clean Air Action Corporation

Winner

 

1st Runners up

2nd Runners up

 

2nd Runners up

 

Narok

 

Kilifi

Nandi

 

Meru

8.

Best County Government in TG&FC

 

Kitui

Laikipia

Makueni

Winner

1st Runners up

2nd Runners up

 

Kitui

Laikipia

Makueni

9.

Unsung Heroes

 

Fr. Hermann Borg

Gaetano Francis Wafula

Timothy Lidjodi Luvongo

 

 

Nakuru

Bungoma

Kakamega

 

10

OVERALL WINNER

 

TIMOTHY LIDJODI LUVONGO

 

 

KAKAMEGA

 

Forest Products

Our Partners

Facebook
Twitter