The Climate Change (Amendment Bill) 2023 has been approved paving way to a Tree Planting and Nurturing Programme in learning institutions across the country.
The cabinet initiative will be spearheaded by the Ministries of Education and Environment, Climate Change and Forestry, which will be tasked with the government’s tree planting and restoration to achieve 30 per cent tree cover by 2030.
The programme focused on establishing tree nurseries in more than 45,000 schools in the country, engaging millions of learners and teachers to plant and nurture trees to maturity.
Further, the cabinet approved the Climate Change (Amendment) Bill, signaling Kenya’s commitment to strengthening its involvement in carbon markets.
Kenya has been actively participating in carbon markets for over 20 years, contributing to sustainable development and technology transfer.
However, the absence of a legal framework has created regulatory uncertainty, hindering full market engagement.
The Bill is expected to address these challenges by legislating on carbon markets, controlling and managing trading activities.
It aligns with international commitments under the Paris Agreement and demonstrates Kenya’s dedication to fostering a sustainable low-carbon future.
The sitting also approved the Acquisition of Kenya Petroleum Refineries by the Kenya Pipeline Company Limited.