MOI AIR BASE WINS THE ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD FOR THE KENYA Defence Forces.

The Kenya Defence Forces is the 2006 national winner of this year's award on environment.

The Kenya Defence Forces soldier environmental programme is the 2006 Total Ecochallenge winner on environment. The Forces emerged the winner in the institutions category. The soldier environmental programme, initiated by the outgoing Chief of Defence Forces Gen J Kianga, is a full mobilization of soldiers to plant trees towards the national environmental objective by integrating defence and environmental issues.

The award was given to the Defence Forces in recognition of the contributions made by Moi Air Base tree nursery project towards the national environmental objective. The nursery, started one year ago, has planted and distributed over 200,000 tree seedlings of various types to military and non-military personnel. Reflecting the cosmopolitanistic nature of the Defence Forces, trees from the nursery were planted in all the provinces during the last rain season.

The prestigious award was presented on 12th October 2006 in a colorful Gala ceremony attended by hundreds of environmental groups, stakeholders and environmentalists. The CDF congratulated the Base for its effort in a speech read by the former Deputy Air Force Commander, Maj Gen Waweru, who represented him at the ceremony. Also in attendance was Col Thuita, the Base Commander Moi Air Base. The ceremony was hosted by Total Kenya Company Limited and presided over by its Managing Director, Mr Fontages.

THE WINNING TEAM IN PICTURES

Moi Air Base tree nursery is part of the soldier environmental programme. Stated one year ago, it has planted over 200,000 seedlings of various trees, which include floral, herbal, fruits, hybrid and indigenous trees. A fairly trained and dedicated team with a vision attends the nursery.

Packaging the trees for dispatch Section of the team display different types of seedlings planted in the nursery. They include- floral, herbal, grafted fruit, fodder, hybrid and indigenous trees. Members of the nursery team pose infront of an experimental Special Export (SP) paw paw tree in the nursery. The nursery specialize in various types of trees.
   
The nursery has a huge production capacity for Eucalyptus and other exotic tree seedlings for military and non-military personnel. Both, the South African and the Cloned Eucalyptus types are available.    
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