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Mpesa foundation hands over Nairobi greenline Initiative to KWS

Date Published: 10 Jun, 2013
Mpesa foundation hands over Nairobi greenline Initiative to KWS

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 Sh40 million greening project was started on February 18, 2010 in Nairobi National Park by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service and other stakeholders.
The Nairobi Greenline Initiative is a public private partnership that attracted participation from Kenya Airports Authority, the Kenya Army, Kazi kwa Vijana, Kenya Bureau of Standards, Kenya Forest Service and Mpesa Foundation, among others.
It brought together industries, conservationists, corporate organisations and the public planting 300,000 seedlings from Cheetah Gate in Athi River to the Carnivore Restaurant near Langata Road. The project provides a natural buffer to protect Nairobi National Park from pollution, encroachment and human wildlife conflict. It is a phenomenal ecological achievement that will live the spirit of the creators of the park. In recent years, Nairobi National Park has experienced human encroachment.  Its rich ecosystem faces massive environmental risks due to land grabbing, human settlements, effluent discharge, poaching and pollution.
The Nairobi Greenline offered the participating organisations an opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint by growing trees. Apart from serving as a natural buffer zone that protects the park, the Greenline will serve as an exciting nature walk, venue of marathons, bird watching, bicycle riding, jogging and picnicking.
Over the past three years, the Nairobi Greenline has raised Sh15 million, erected 9km of the proposed 32-km electric fence, planted 300,000 seedlings, held five corporate events and received Sh6 million of media exposure in kind.
The project needs a further Sh25 million to complete the remaining part of the electric fence between now and April next year. It also needs about Sh5 million per year to maintain the fence-line for the next three years.

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.



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