“I feel a great regard for trees; they represent age and beauty and the miracles of life and growth.” This is a quote that is attributed to one of the greatest trees lover, who has ever lived: Prof. Wangari Maathai. Indeed, the beauty and miracles of trees, and by extension forests, cannot be overstated. They help to keep our air, soil, water and people healthy.
Forests have fundamental ecological functions that play a key role in shielding us from some of the biggest challenges that the World is facing today.
This includes regulation of the carbon and water cycles and the preservation of biodiversity, eliminating hunger and keeping both rural and urban communities sustainable. Forests will be more important than ever as the world population climbs to 8.5 billion by 2030
That is why, every 21 March all countries in the World poses for a moment to raise awareness on the importance of all types of forests. This year, the International Day of Forests promotes education to ‘Learn to Love Forests’. It is a day that the World highlights the importance of education at all levels in achieving sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation. Healthy forests mean healthy, resilient communities and by extension, prosperous economies.
That is why Optiven Group, a leading real estate firm in the region chose to set aside this day and plant trees at the heart of Kiambu County, in one of our major projects by the name Amani Ridge the Place of Peace.
During this event, Optiven Group’s CEO Mr. George Wachiuri led both staff and customers in planting hundreds of both fruit trees and indigenous trees in this sublime upcoming project. Some of the customers who have invested in this amazing project got a chance to plant fruit trees in their own plots of land.
“We are in sync with this year’s theme for the International Day of Forests which is ‘Forests and Education’. As we plant fruit trees here at Amani Ridge, we are also sensitizing our staff, customers and indeed the entire world, on the importance of trees and forests.
We appreciate the fact that more than half of our world’s population live in cities. A huge chunk of this urban population are increasingly disconnected from nature, it is more indispensable now more than ever to make them understand and own the idea of loving trees and appreciate their immense environmental benefits,” says Mr. Wachiuri
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