Kenyan prisoners to help plant 50 million trees

Prisoners in Kenya are to help plant nearly 50 million trees as part of a campaign to tackle deforestation.

Environment Minister Keriako Tobiko said inmates at 27 prisons would be first be preparing seedlings.

The Greening Kenya Campaign is a joint effort by the Ministry of Environment, the Prisons Service and the National Youth Service.

Forest covers about 7% of the East Africa nation – less than the UN’s recommended standard of 10%.

Kenya has been planting millions of trees in recent years in an effort to reverse the effects of decades of deforestation and climate change.

Much of this has been influenced by Kenyan Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai, who died in 2011.

Through her Green Belt Movement, which she founded in 1977, millions of trees have been planted in Africa.

A report published by a government task force earlier this year blamed some of the loss of the country’s forest cover on corruption, according to the Reuters news agency.

First Published 19.12.18: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-africa-46590730

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