Dalbit Petroleum at Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy
Mr Humprey Kariuki, the Patron Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy joined the tree planting exercise sponsored by Dalbit Petroleum. [ Photo / Courtesy ]

Dalbit Petroleum Ltd marked its 20-year anniversary by planting 1,000 trees at the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy (MKWC) as part of its environmental conservation efforts aimed at preserving the world’s first Mountain Bongo sanctuary. The tree planting is being done in partnership with local communities and employees to contribute towards the conservancy’s target of planting 5,000 indigenous tree species in 2022.

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This further complements the existing work done by the local communities and will ultimately contribute to the already existing 35,000 indigenous tree species previously planted in the Mount Kenya Forest. In Kenya, Dalbit has played a leading role in supporting the government’s efforts to combat climate change through forest and landscape restoration.

The government of Kenya currently has an objective to increase the country’s tree cover from 6.2% to 10% by 2030. Other than restoring the environment, the tree planting is aimed at providing a green and suitable environment for mountain bongos in the sanctuary, in support of the rewilding and breeding programme. This aims to improve the population of the endangered species in Kenya, from the current population of less than 100 in the wild.

“We are delighted to mark 20 years of fueling regional growth across East, Central and Southern Africa,” Mr Timothy Skudi, CEO at Dalbit said, at the event marked on 20th May 2022. “We have been instrumental in providing total energy solutions that have supported African businesses to drive economic growth and higher living standards.”

Mr Skudi said while providing fuel, Dalbit Petroleum has also sought to create a lasting impact in the community in addressing social challenges such as energy access, health, the environment and biodiversity.

Dalbit has been a lead benefactor of the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy initiative since 2013, which works to conserve critically endangered wildlife species in Nanyuki. The company’s funding and support for the scheme has recently culminated in the release of five mountain bongos, one of Kenya’s most iconic species, at the Mawingu Mountain Bongo Sanctuary in March 2022. These critically endangered animals are endemic to Kenya’s Mountain Forests.

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Looking to the future, Dalbit says traditional fuel storage and distribution will remain a vital part of any country’s energy network and looks forward to contributing to the national development of even more countries over the next 20 years.

“Innovation and pushing boundaries are central pillars of the green energy transformation of the continent,” Mr Skud said. “As natural gas continues its emergence as a leading ‘bridge fuel,’ Dalbit is investing its business to adapt for this next step, ultimately helping countries move towards a low-carbon development path.”

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