To mark World Environment Day, Diamond Trust Bank has partnered with the KTDA Foundation to plant 10,000 indigenous trees in Kapkamo catchment area within Cherang’any Hills, one of Kenya’s main water towers.
Under this partnership, 302 farmers drawn from Kapkongor, Kapchemakwer and Mogotu villages, will plant the saplings in their farms, as part of ongoing efforts to rehabilitate and restore this strategic environmental national asset.
This investment is aligned to the #MuchMoreThanTrees initiative through which DTB plans to plant and grow more than 10 million trees by 2030. The bank has so far planted and grown over one million trees since 2018.
DTB’s tree planting and growing exercise resonates with the Government’s commitment to plant 1.5 billion trees by 2032 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, stop and reverse deforestation, and restore 5.1 million hectares of degraded landscapes.
Speaking on the partnership, DTB Group CEO and Managing Director, Ms Nasim Devji noted that environmental risks and climate change have continued to threaten the ecosystem, which calls for the acceleration of practical mitigation measures, to reverse their increasingly adverse effects.
“This year, we have elected to work directly with farmers because we recognise that for this exercise to achieve its intended outcomes, we must domicile ownership of rehabilitation efforts with affected communities. We are therefore committed to working with communities, institutions, and the Government to promote environmental conservation,” Ms Devji said.
As part of DTB’s corporate volunteering initiative, over a dozen employees from the bank’s head office, Kitale and Eldoret branches participated in the tree planting and growing activity.