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ELIUD KIPCHOGE JOINS THE RACE FOR 2 BILLION TREES, ADOPTS PART OF KAPTAGAT FOREST.

Renowned athlete and world record holder Eliud Kipchoge is always running on a mission. His time is always devoted to setting new records, motivating people through public lectures and conserving the nature. He recently adopted 50 hectares of forest land in the Kaptagat Forest in bid to boost government conservation effort.

 

For the next 5 years, Eliud Kipchoge and Eliud Kipchoge Foundation will actively provide the necessary resources for the implementation of the restoration of this part of the forest. The activities include promoting Kaptagat Forest conservation and management through tree planting, maintenance, protection and conservation. Implementation of the agreed activities in the forest will be coordinated by the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and the Eliud Kipchoge Foundation.

 

Kaptagat Forest has always been one of the best training grounds for both Kenyan and International athletes of its high altitude of 2800 meters above see level. The pristine nature of the forest which provides clean air and low population density also make for a superb training ground for long distance athletes. Restoring the forest with indigenous trees is a way of ensuring the legacy it holds as a perfect training ground stands for many years to come.

 

“Restoring the forest and handing it over to our children and grandchildren when it is intact is the best gift we can give them. I will finish this race with you,” said Eliud Kipchoge during the 4th Annual Sabor Tree planting at Kaptagat forest, Elgeyo Marakwet.

He further challenged individuals, corporate entities, NGO’s and citizens to conserve forest through rigorous tree planting activities to ensure the country achieves and maintains the 10% tree cover by year2022. He also urged the  adjacent communities to protect the forest as it has always provided clean water, clean air and economic livelihood for them.

 

The adoption of the Forest by Kipchoge comes in the wake of Environment CS Keriako Tobiko giving an executive order for the gazettment of Kaptagat Forest ecosystem as a water tower.The Legal status of Kaptagat Forest has not changed and still remains a public forest under the jurisdiction of Kenya Forest Service.

 

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