Petroleum company plants 1,000 indigenous trees

Dalbit Petroleum Ltd plants1,000 trees at the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy as part of its environmental conservation efforts aimed at preserving the world’s first Mountain Bongo sanctuary. (Courtesy photo)

As part of its environmental conservation efforts aimed at fighting climate change and preserving the world’s first Mountain Bongo sanctuary, Dalbit Petroleum Ltd has planted 1,000 trees at the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy.

The tree planting exercise is being done in partnership with the local communities and employees marks the company’s 20-year anniversary as part of a tree planting initiative that will contribute towards the Conservancy’s target of planting 5,000 indigenous tree species in 2022.

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 exercise is aimed at providing a green and suitable environment for mountain bongos in the sanctuary, in support of the re-wilding and breeding programme.

The programme aims to improve the population of the endangered species in Kenya, from the current population of less than 100 in the wild.

Speaking at the event, Mr Timothy Skudi, CEO at Dalbit said: “Through charitable giving and education, we have helped to address some of the greatest social challenges facing our region – including the environment and biodiversity energy access and health,. This tree planting is part of this impact, and we are thankful to the local community and stakeholders who have come to contribute to this sustainable action for our country.”

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.

Mr Skudi added that the tree planting initiative provides economic support to local communities, who sell seeds and saplings to the conservancy and also provide paid labour for the exercise in addition, involving local communities ensures sustainable action through local ownership.

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