Nature Kenya earned another accolade for its efforts towards protecting and conserving the natural environment when it scooped a Total ECOchallenge 2012 Gold Award. The award was presented to Nature Kenya in recognition of its exemplary tree planting campaigns that saw over 1 million trees planted last year in Mount Kenya, Western and North Rift regions.
The award was presented to Nature Kenya at a colourful gala event held on 26th June 2013 at the Carnivore Restaurant. To receive the award were Nature Kenya’s Executive Director Dr. Paul Matiku and Ms. Joan Gichuki, the Local Empowerment Manager.
Other Gold Award recipients were the Kenya Defence Forces and the Kenya Tea Development Authority (KTDA).
The Total ECOchallenge, an initiative of Total Kenya, strives to help sustain the environment by bringing people and organizations together to plant trees. The aim of the initiative is to plant more than 100 million trees per year, every year, and in perpetuity. Total ECOchallenge provides a major national platform for encouraging, guiding, recognizing, rewarding and further driving tree planting of every kind, by everyone, everywhere.
Nature Kenya works in partnership with communities across the country to promote environmental conservation through establishment of tree nurseries, tree planting and other related activities aimed at mitigating threats to biodiversity.
Nature Kenya was founded in 1909 as the East Africa Natural History Society. In addition to working with communities, it has an active membership program – connecting nature and people.