Following the President’s directive to public institutions to participate in increasing Kenya’s forest cover by planting trees, KEMRI rolled-out its tree planting initiative on the 15th November 2018 within the Ministry of Health’s national tree planting exercise. The aim of the directive is to increase the country’s forest cover to about 10%.
The ceremony was officiated by Dr. Rashid Abdi, the Chief Administrative Secretary at the Ministry of Health alongside Prof. Yeri Kombe, KEMRI Director and Dr. Naftali Agata, Chairman KEMRI BOM. About 3000 trees will be planted within KEMRI centres and field stations during this season. Most of these will be trees with medicinal value and other carefully selected tree species.