Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) recently planted over 1,600 mangrove trees at Mchenjamaisha, Portreiz creek in Jomvu, Mombasa, to boost efforts to increase the Kenyan forest cover with an aim of improving the environment, society and wildlife from the dangers of global warming.
Speaking during the Event, KRA Southern region head of Facilities and Logistics Mr Simon Mwaniki who represented KRA Southern region Coordinator, said the exercise is part of the KRA taxpayers month activities.
He however, said the Authority is engaged in a continuous program throughout the year to plant trees in its premises and estates, and in other sites countrywide, and so far thousands of trees have been planted under the initiative.
Mwaniki noted the afforestation programme which the Authority partnered with the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and the community is expected to generate a huge multiplier effect in the economy through economic activities drawn from the mangrove Eco-system.
“If you cut a tree plant three more to ensure that forest resources remain sustainable. It is the responsibility of all to protect the environment. We will partner with all individuals, private, Government Organisations to promote a good environment so that we can leave this country better than we found it,’’ Mr Mwaniki added.
He explained that the mangrove restoration project is in line with the theme of the 8th KRA corporate plan ‘Revenue mobilisation through tax simplification, technology-driven compliance and tax base expansion’.
“As you are aware Mangrove trees bear an important significance to the Marine Eco- system which form a basis to the economic activities of the Region,’’ he noted.
Mwaniki further observed that Mangrove forests play an integral role in providing food security and jobs to thousands of people in the Coast region by supporting the Fishing and Tourism industries.
He added, according to a comprehensive new report by the Global Mangrove Alliance (GMA) authored in 2021, compiled with the help of over 100 mangrove science, finance, and policy experts from around the world, Mangroves are home to 341 threatened species which find a habitat in the Forests.
On global warming mitigation measures, Mwaniki said mangrove forests play a crucial role in converting carbon dioxide to organic carbon at higher rates than other habitats on earth.
According to scientists, destruction of mangrove ecosystems releases carbon back into the atmosphere, exacerbating climate change to the Society from the risks associated with climate change.
Mwaniki encouraged stakeholders to unite in protecting the environment which is the basis of our Economic activities.
“We should not depend on foreigners to build our nation but instead work hard and make our economy thrive so that we can pay the right share of taxes to enable us to govern ourselves independently as a Nation,” he said.
He further said global mangrove alliance has expressed the urgent need to protect all remaining mangroves, to enhance recovery and restore lost forests as such actions will support Coastal communities, jobs and food security, alongside providing global climate mitigation benefits.
Kenya Forest Service (KFS) Mombasa County conservator Jennifer Situma hailed the Authority for partnering with KFS and other stakeholders to supporting conservation initiatives, saying environmental conservation is the role of all in the society.
The event was also attended by Manager Security and safety division Southern region, Manager Marketing and Communication Southern region Mr Ronnel Onchagwa, Head of human Christine Maangi, Head of procurement Nesphate Gitonga among other dignitaries.