Kenya Navy Personnel and Mtongwe Community Parcipate in Mangrove Tree Planting Exercise

A group photo involving various stakeholders during the exercise.

A group photo involving various stakeholders during the exercise.

Kenya Navy personnel joined local community in Likoni Sub-County in an organized mangrove tree planting exercise which took place on Thursday 31 March 2019 at Kaya Mtongwe Forest.

The exercise was led by the Mombasa County Commissioner Evans Achoki and attracted participants from various institutions, including the Kenya Navy, the National Police Service, local administration, local schools and the Kaya Mtongwe neighbouring community. The participants were educated on the need to conserve the environment to alleviate the effects of global warming which has a direct impact on human lives as experienced in drought-hit counties in the country.  The County Commissioner warned the local community against charcoal burning which has contributed negatively in degrading the environment.

The Commanding Officer Kenya Navy Base Mtongwe Lt Col Benjamin Kiprop stated that the Kenya Navy has been in the frontline in helping the civil society and that the navy was grateful to be part of the noble drive which goes a long way in giving solutions to some of the problems being experienced in the country.

The drive was successfully conducted with over 3000 mangrove trees planted. Mangrove trees have been proven by the environmentalist to be very vital in environment conservation as it reduces the carbon by the biggest percentage than any other tree. The mangroves are indigenous hard wood trees which are an endangered species due to their value in building and construction industry. This is why the stakeholders took up the initiative to plant and preserve the mangroves.

The effort by the Kenya Navy personnel fall under the secondary role of the service which is aid to civil authority, as well as keeping alive the Environmental Soldier Programme which has been in effect for the last 10 years. The initiative has been a core factor in the KDF as a way of conserving the environment and giving back to the community.

The Commanding Officer KNB Mtongwe, Lt Col Benjamin Kiprop, Mombasa  County  Commissioner Evans Achoki, Likoni Sub-County Commissioner Erick Wamulevu, Likoni OCPD Benjamin Rotich and various security agencies representatives join the local community, students from Mrima, Bububu, Shika Adabu Secondary Schools participate in planting mangrove trees (mikoko) at Kaya Mtongwe Forest.The Commanding Officer KNB Mtongwe, Lt Col Benjamin Kiprop, Mombasa County Commissioner Evans Achoki, Likoni Sub-County Commissioner Erick Wamulevu, Likoni OCPD Benjamin Rotich and various security agencies representatives join the local community, students from Mrima, Bububu, Shika Adabu Secondary Schools participate in planting mangrove trees (mikoko) at Kaya Mtongwe Forest.
Likoni Sub-Ccounty Commissioner Erick Wamulevu, Mombasa County Commissioner Evans Achoki and the Commanding Officer KNB Mtongwe Lt Col Benjamin Kiprop walk past some of the areas affected by human activities near Kaya Mtongwe Forest during the mangrove tree planting exercise.Likoni Sub-Ccounty Commissioner Erick Wamulevu, Mombasa County Commissioner Evans Achoki and the Commanding Officer KNB Mtongwe Lt Col Benjamin Kiprop walk past some of the areas affected by human activities near Kaya Mtongwe Forest during the mangrove tree planting exercise.
Kenya Navy water bowser supplies water to the participants of the exercise.Kenya Navy water bowser supplies water to the participants of the exercise.
The participants of mangrove tree planting drive have a glance of part of the devastated areas of Kaya Mtongwe as a result deforestation.  The participants of mangrove tree planting drive have a glance of part of the devastated areas of Kaya Mtongwe as a result deforestation.
Various participants walk through mangrove trees during the mangrove tree planting drive.Various participants walk through mangrove trees during the mangrove tree planting drive.
A volunteer with local conservation group, ‘Safisha Timbwani Volunteer Group’ takes a selfie during mangrove planting drive.A volunteer with local conservation group, ‘Safisha Timbwani Volunteer Group’ takes a selfie during mangrove planting drive.
Local Authority and Kenya Navy personnel proceed to Kaya Mtongwe to plant mangrove trees to conserve environment.Local Authority and Kenya Navy personnel proceed to Kaya Mtongwe to plant mangrove trees to conserve environment.
Local community personnel, Red Cross representative and Kenya Navy personnel join hands to plant the mangrove trees.Local community personnel, Red Cross representative and Kenya Navy personnel join hands to plant the mangrove trees.
Overview of Kaya Mtongwe forest and the negative effects of human activities on the environment.Overview of Kaya Mtongwe forest and the negative effects of human activities on the environment.
Local Authority and Kenya Navy personnel proceed to Kaya Mtongwe to plant mangrove trees to conserve environment.Local Authority and Kenya Navy personnel proceed to Kaya Mtongwe to plant mangrove trees to conserve environment.
Local communities and Kenya Navy personnel on the way to Kaya Mtongwe Forest.Local communities and Kenya Navy personnel on the way to Kaya Mtongwe Forest.

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