The Cabinet Secretary for Tourism & Wildlife Dr. Alfred Mutua graced todays tree planting exercise in Ngangao Forest, Wundanyi Constituency, Taita Taveta County in the presence of Taita Taveta Governor Hon. Andrew Mwadime, area M.P Hon. Danson Mwashako, Taita Taveta woman rep Hon. Lydia Haika, NG-CDF Board Chair Hon. John Olago Aluoch, NG-CDF Board Directors Naomi Masitsa and George ole Meshuko, C.E.O Yusuf Mbuno, and staff members from both Nairobi and Coast region in participating in the nationwide tree planting initiative.
The NG-CDF team planted trees in Nguraru Primary School and later joined the CS and team at Ngangao Forest.
Wundanyi Constituency was picked by the
#NGCDF Board for the tree planting exercise because Wundanyi is home to Taita Forests that are one of the biodiversity hotspots in the world and home to a number of flora and fauna that exists solely within the ecosphere.
The jewel of Wundanyi is the oldest tree in Ngangao Forest, aged over 200 years and standing tall at 41 meters high with a trunk circumference of 11 meters and a canopy diameter of 42 meters. Ngangao Forest is, therefore, one of the few remaining indigenous forests in Taita hills and is home to rare endigenous birds, namely Taita Aplis, Taita thrush and Taita white eye species found nowhere else in the world.
This initiative is a deliberate intervention to restore the forest cover and create awareness on the importance of tree planting at the wake of climate change and its effects.