Princess Lalla Hasnaa of Morocco to Visit Karura Forest
Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa, sister to the current King of Morocco, will visit Kenya as a guest of the UNEP Governing Council from18th to 22nd February, 2013. While in the country, she will visit some key environment projects to appreciate the environmental conservation efforts of the Kenyan people. She is set to plant a tree at one of the Green Belt Movement’s (GBM) tree-planting sites in Karura forest. Officials from the Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources will also be present at the event.
In 1997 and 1998, Professor Wangari Maathai and GBM fought for the protection of Karura forest. The forest was then handed over to the community for management through the Community Forest Association (CFA). Professor Maathai also oversaw the transition of the Shell-BP Sports Club into an environmental education facility, for which GBM is one of the trustees.
Princess Lalla Hasna is one of the leading environmental crusaders in Africa. She has been recognized by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) for her environmental conservation efforts and currently presides over the governing council of the Mohammed VI Foundation for the protection of the environment.