KEFRI to increase Mangrove cover in the Coast by planting 250,000 trees

Mida creek community members take part in Mangrove tree planting in Kilifi county which was initiated by KEFRI to plant 250,000 Mangroves in the entire coast region./COURTESY

The Kenya Forestry Research Institute is planning on increasing mangrove forest cover in the Coastal by planting 250,000 trees across the region.

The initiative, in line with the government’s agenda to increase forest cover by 10 percent and meant to mitigate climate change, with the help of the community, will see mangrove trees being planted in the creeks.

Speaking during the mangrove tree planting exercise at Mida Creek in Kilifi, KEFRI’s Deputy Director of Corporate Affairs Jackson Mulatya said institute had bought 70,000 mangrove seedlings from a women doing conservation. 50,000 of the trees will be planted Mida Creek while the remaining 20,000 will be planted in the Mikindani creek in Mombasa County.

“We are happy to have seen people have turned out in large numbers to join us in the tree planting exercise, we have KEFRI Staff, KWS staff, CBOs, Chiefs and his team we have come to cooperate with them to plant trees,” he said.

Mulatya said they managed to plant 7,000 trees first then they will continue planting the trees until they are complete.