KCB Bank Kenya has contributed 8,000 tree seedlings for planting during the launch of the country’s maiden green holiday at Kiu Wetlands, Makindu, Makueni County. This initiative from KCB Bank is part of a broader effort, as the tree seedlings will contribute to the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, and Forestry’s ambitious target of planting 100,000 trees at Kiu Wetlands. This aligns seamlessly with the national agenda of growing 15 billion trees by 2032 and attaining a 30 percent tree cover by 2030.
KCB realizes the importance of tree planting and nurturing the trees to maturity. For this reason, KCB Bank Kenya initiated a five-year tree-growing campaign in 2023 with a target of growing 1.2 million trees by 2028.
Through the campaign dubbed KCB Linda Miti, the Bank is collaborating closely with partner schools that hold accounts with the bank. The strategic partnership with schools ensures the sustained care and nurturing of the planted trees until maturity. Notably, this year, the Bank has surpassed its initial target, successfully planting 281,864 trees against the original goal of 256,000.
During the tree planting ceremony at Kiu Wetlands, KCB Foundation Director, Mendi Njonjo, expressed gratitude for the government’s initiative in dedicating a day for reflection on tree growing.
“Today, we make history by acknowledging the significance of this day granted by the government for Kenyans to contemplate the importance of tree cultivation. Climate change has become a topic that needs to be addressed with utmost urgency. At KCB Bank, we actively support climate action aligned with Sustainable Development Goal 13 on Climate Action to increase forest cover and manage climate change challenges.”
The collective efforts demonstrated on National Tree Growing Day serve as a testament to the commitment of both public and private entities in promoting environmental conservation and realizing the ambitious tree planting goals set by the government. The ongoing collaboration between KCB and partner schools exemplifies a proactive approach to nurturing a greener and more sustainable future for Kenya.