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Students plant thousands of trees across Kenya as part of UNEP initiative

Nairobi, 3 December 2009 - Hundreds of Kenyan youth, from schoolchildren to university students, have planted almost 70,000 trees in the last month as part of a tree planting drive spearheaded by UNEP's Tunza youth programme.

The campaign, which will culminate this Sunday, was launched in partnership with schools, youth groups and community groups including Pinklakeman and Mavuno Michezo. it aims to plant more than 85,000 during the Kenyan rainy season in Central, Nairobi and Rift-Valley provinces.

Some 67,500 trees have been planted around Kenya so far, including 25,000 at the coast and 20,000 during a major tree-planting push on 23-28 October in several locations including Lake Elementeita.

The initiative will culminate in a final push over the next few weeks before the end of the rainy season - and all the trees planted will be registered under the umbrella of the Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign.

About the Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign

The billion tree campaign is a global tree planting initiative that was launched in November 2006 at the climate change conference held in Nairobi. Its initial goal was to catalyze the pledging and the planting of one billion trees every year as a way of giving public expression to the challenges of climate change and also forest and ecosystem degradation.

In May 2008, UNEP raised its target to seven billion trees - about one tree per person in time for the Climate Change conference in Copenhagen this December. This target was reached and surpassed in September 2009, after the Chinese government officially joined the campaign.

Today, the campaign's website, www.unep.org/billiontreecampaign, registers over 7.4 billion trees planted since its launch.

The campaign's phenomenal success is a result of the collective participation of people from of all walks of life and from every corner of the planet - from scouts to presidents and from schoolchildren to city dwellers and corporate heads.

The leading countries include; The People's Republic of China (2.6 billion trees), Ethiopia (1.4 billion trees), Turkey (711 million trees), Mexico (537 million trees), Kenya (281 million), Cuba, and Indonesia.

For more information please contact:

Theodore Oben, Chief, UNEP Outreach on Tel: 792 3262, 0724 255 247; E-mail: Theodore.oben@unep.org

or Joyce Sang, Programme Officer, UNEP's Children and Youth Programme, Tel: 762 5066, 0721 705 853 or on E-mail: Joyce.sang@unep.org




Further Resources

UNEP Tunza programme

Billion Tree Campaign

UNEP Promotes Sports and Environment Initiative in Kenya

UN's Billion Tree Campaign Hits its Seven Billion Goal Target


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