Cairo (CAIRO)-the beloved fig tree in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, will be alive for another day-even a century away.
The head of the Nairobi metropolitan area said on Wednesday that the century-old fig tree that was originally scheduled to be relocated will make room for the new highway, which will not only be preserved, but will also be retained as a symbol of national environmental protection.
This announcement was a victory for Kenya’s environmentalists and cultural leaders, who condemned efforts to cut down or relocate fig trees, which are considered sacred by many communities. Some experts doubt whether the four-story tree will be uprooted and removed.
Mr. Buddy said he has instructed city officials to fence up the trees and beautify the area so that the city’s residents can enjoy the space. He also signed a declaration to adopt the tree “as a beacon of Kenya’s cultural and ecological heritage” and symbolize “Nairobi’s commitment to environmental protection”.
The authorities announced in October that they planned to pull up the tree to make way for the construction of the Nairobi highway. The Nairobi Expressway is a four-lane expressway funded by China. The 17-mile-long highway will be completed in 2022 and is designed to reduce traffic in the center of Nairobi and is expected to create thousands of jobs.
But from the very beginning, the project was criticized by environmental organizations, who stated that they did not consider the impact on air quality and green space. Although Nairobi is generally called the “green city under the sun”, due to the development of commerce and infrastructure, the number of parks, forests and gardens in the city has been declining in recent years.
The activists also regretted the felling of dozens of trees along the highway and filed a lawsuit against environmental regulators to approve the project. Kenyan law usually requires the suspension of the project before a court decision, but construction continues.
Environmentalists on Wednesday welcomed the decision to preserve the fig tree, but called for more action to preserve green space throughout the capital.
George Mwangala, the head of the East Africa Climate Laboratory and the head of the East Africa Climate Laboratory, expressed his opposition: “The move by the National Urban Services Department is very welcome, and it is also our exchange of Kenya’s ethical development and investment. Good starting point.” Construction said in a statement.
However, he added: “We must ensure that nature coexists with the environment in which we live and complement the development of infrastructure at all levels.”
Wanjira Mathai, his father is Environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, The decision to save the tree is welcome.
Ms. Mathai, chairman of the Wangari Maathai Foundation, said in an interview: “Now that we have understood the role of green spaces and trees in maintaining the livability of the city, we should work hard to ensure that the development of Nairobi is green and inclusive.”