Residents in Dabaso village in Watamu ward of Malindi Sub County have joined hands to change the look of forests in the area by planting over 10, 000 mangrove trees.
Speaking to the press over the weekend, Dickson Mzinga said the mangrove trees were planted in areas such as Mida Creek in Watamu and that the tree planting exercise will be done every February of each year.
Mzinga who is the leader of the Dabaso group urged residents to volunteer in the practice of planting trees to conserve the environment.
He noted that deforestation and degradation of the forests had decreased drastically by 60 percent in Kilifi County after the county government supported the measures that were taken by national government over the ban of charcoal burning.
Speaking at the same function, the Watamu Conservation group Chairman, Justine Kitsao said, “With the ban of charcoal in the country, the damage had reduced to a greater extent especially in major forests in the country.”
Kitsao said many forests along the Indian Ocean, act as a tourist attraction sites since most were made up of mangrove trees in the coastal region creating a source of revenue to the country.
By Pola Nyaga/Simon Guruba