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Mpesa foundation hands over Nairobi greenline Initiative to KWS
Date Published: 10 Jun, 2013
Mpesa Foundation of the telecommunications service provider Safaricom this weekend handed over a historic Nairobi Greenline Initiative started three years ago to the Kenya Wildlife Service.Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore, Kenya Association of Manufacturers CEO Betty Maina and Kenya Wildlife Service Deputy Director Ben Kavu, among other dignitaries, attended the colourful function in Nairobi National Park.
The Greenline intends to expand to other towns starting with Nakuru and Meru as well as make Greenline a trust to scale up the greening of various parts of the country. The success of the project is there for all to see and proves that public private partnership can make a huge difference in our conservation efforts. The national greening plans are in line with the Kenya Wildlife Service new Strategic Plan’s vision to “save the last great species and places on earth for humanity”.
The Greenline pioneer project was implemented in Nairobi National Park, which was established on December 16, 1946 and is the ‘first born’ in Kenya’s national park system. Now Kenya has 22 national parks, 28 national reserves, five national sanctuaries, four marine national parks and six marine national reserves.
As an urban park close to a capital city, Nairobi National Park has a unique ecosystem which faces environmental challenges of encroachment from the growing metropolis, industrial pollution, human wildlife conflict and poaching. This project will not only provide a natural buffer to protect the park but will also act as an exciting nature walk arena, marathons, bird watching, jogging, bike riding and picnicking.