Coca-Cola Beverages Africa – Kenya, Drives Reforestation Across Hombe Forest in Partnership with Nature Kenya

We cut down trees to make wood products for sale. In turn, deforestation destroys our essential ecosystem services; and we wonder why we no longer have consistent rains and fertile soils. Did you know? Kenya has lost over 8,000 km2 of forest in the last 25 years. According to the Kenya Forest Service (KFS), at least 988,422 acres of public forests under the service are degraded and need to be restored.

Pupils from Karura Forest Primary were yesterday elated to join the Chief Conservator of Forests Mr Julius Kamau in planting trees at Karura forest to number his age. 20/10/2021. PHOTO KFS.

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa – Kenya has announced a partnership with Nature Kenya to grow 90 000 tree seedlings in Mt Kenya’s Hombe Forest in a three-year reforestation program.

The Hombe restoration site includes a swamp on the verge of drying up. It is hoped that the newly planted trees will resuscitate this wetland as they mature.

Currently, 1,900 people have benefited from the project through the sale of 15,000 seedlings that have been planted in Phase 1, with the next phase set to begin in December.

Earlier in the year, Nature Kenya and CCBA-Kenya signed a three-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) to implement socio-economic investment programs in environmental conservation in Kenya.

“We will maintain Coca-Cola’s global metric of 100% water replenishment, focusing on improving watershed health in water-stressed areas that are critical to our business, our communities and our agricultural supply chain. We are continually assessing our priority watersheds and engaging local stakeholders to devise integrated and holistic plans for collective action,” said CCBA-Kenya Public Affairs and Communications Director – Susan Maingi.

The protection of critical watersheds forms part of the Coca-Cola system’s 2030 Water Stewardship Strategy, which focuses on sustainable, efficient water usage, improving local water challenges and partnering with others to improve watershed health and enhance community water resilience, focusing on women and girls.

“Mt.Kenya is of key importance to the Kenya economy and the environment. It is the most productive basin for agriculture in Kenya. It supplies 95% of Nairobi’s water,”  Gloria Waswa. 

Mt Kenya forest is home to rich flora and fauna. Among the species it hosts is the critically endangered Mountain Bongo and Kenya Jewel Damselfly, and the vulnerable Abbott’s Starling.

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