Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko pays homage to Wangari Maathai

February 23, 2018

We are honored and privileged to host newly-appointed Ministry of Environment & Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko at our headquarters this afternoon.

In a meeting with the Green Belt Movement (GBM) Board and management, CS Tobiko outlined, among others, his Ministry's agenda to tackle rampant deforestation in the country stating that "environment is life and the role of trees cannot be denied."The CS was impressed to see records of tree nursery groups, that we are working with, from his rural home, thanks to our Geographic Information System  lab

The CS stated that his visit to GBM is not only paying homage to Professor Wangari Maathai, but also extending a hand of collaboration. He stated that "I request the Green Belt Movement, and other like-minded organizations, to join my Ministry's multisectoral task force aimed at halting further environmental destruction in the country."

The Cabinet Secretary had an opportunity to learn about GBM's work and also visited our Geographic Information System (GIS) lab for first-hand information on every location we are working in across 25 counties in Kenya.

The CS plants a tree at the GBM office with Board members and staffCrowning his maiden visit to GBM, CS Tobiko planted a tree with the Board and staff members.


CS Keriako Tobiko was gifted a traditional African three-legged stool. Professor Wangari Maathai used it as a metaphor for what she viewed as the three essential components of a stable society: sustainable environmental management, democratic governance, and a culture of peace.