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  • 16 September 2014

    Wangari Maathai, was a Kenyan environmental and political activist, the founder of the Green Belt Movement and the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, who saved majority of forests in Kenya and encouraged others, by her own example, to plant trees as a way to combat poverty, shortage of water, desertification and deforestation.

    Three years after she had passed away her heritage has been continued by small local communities in Kenya. Last week H.E. Ambassador Marek Ziolkowski together with the Embassy staff visited farmers in Embu district, at the foot of Mount Kenya. The Embu farmers have been beneficiaries of Polish aid projects since 2011. The current project, financed by the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and implemented in cooperation with the Trees for the Future and Agroforestry Organization, aims at promoting environment protection by planting trees as well as by distribution of portable energy saving cook stoves. The Polish Embassy purchased 350 ecological cook stoves which have been contributing to the reduction of fire wood and charcoal used for cooking (from 15 kg to 1,5-2 kg per day). Additionally the new cook stoves have helped improve women’s and children’s health due to the reduction of smoke being emitted during cooking.

     

    The Embassy also purchased farming tools and 30 000 seedlings for tree planting. Once seedlings are ready to be planted in the field they will be given out to farmers for their own use (10 000 pieces to be used as fire wood, building material and fodder). The rest of the seedlings, 20 000 pieces, will be planted on the slopes of Mount Kenya.

     

    Since 2011 the Embassy of Poland has financed purchase and distribution of 130 000 seedlings of various species of trees.

    Tree nursery/photo: J. Poplawska-Lilumbi
    Tree nursery/photo: J. Poplawska-Lilumbi
    Energy saving cook-stoves/photo: J. Poplawska-Lilumbi
    Energy saving cook-stoves/photo: J. Poplawska-Lilumbi
    Tree nursery/photo: M. Ziolkowski
    Tree nursery/photo: M. Ziolkowski
    Tree nursery/photo: M. Ziolkowski
    Tree nursery/photo: M. Ziolkowski
    Planting trees/photo: P. Damiano
    Planting trees/photo: P. Damiano

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