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Kenya on Wednesday called on African governments to increase tree cover in order to benefit from carbon trading.

Keriako Tobiko, cabinet secretary for the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, said that massive tree plantations can help control carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution and hence contribute to carbon trading.

“Carbon trading provides economic incentives for achieving emissions and can benefit African tree farmers,” Tobiko said during celebrations marking 10th anniversary of African Forest Forum (AFF) in Nairobi.

Tobiko said that many farmers in the continent have conserved trees that qualify for carbon credit payments but they are unaware of the process in the global market.

“African farmers are losing out yet funds have been allocated to benefit farmers who grow trees to earn money through carbon capture,” he added.

The official said that the success of climate change interventions can only succeed once tree planting and management is taken seriously by populations. Enditem


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  1. The government need to link the farmers with the carbon trading markets in order to benefit.Giving an example,i have over 500 trees in a 1.5 acreages of land where 60% of the trees are indigenous.I know others who plant the trees for conservation purpose.
    Birthday Trees of Life[BToL] is committed to planting trees during the birthdays of individuals particularly in schools as well as during burials and marking events.I believe that such initiatives need to be supported with resources in order to realize full potential.
    Thanks,Dionisio Kariuki Ndegwa,
    BToL Founder.


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