Kenyan conservationists have been campaigning to stop a century-old tree from being taken all the way down to make method for a freeway.

Environmental activists in Kenya have hailed an official choice to save lots of an iconic, century-old fig tree from being taken all the way down to make method for a freeway within the capital, Nairobi.

A decree issued by President Uhuru Kenyatta described the famed tree – the peak of a four-storey constructing – as a “beacon of Kenya’s cultural and ecological heritage”.

Kenya’s roads company had stated in October that it deliberate to uproot and transplant the fig tree with a view to erect a pillar to assist the Chinese language-funded expressway constructed to scale back visitors jams.

In response, environmentalists launched a marketing campaign to guard the tree, which stands on Waiyaki Manner within the west of town, the place engineers are constructing the expressway above the prevailing highway on pillars.

“We did it!” Elizabeth Wathuti, a outstanding environmental activist and head of campaigns on the Wangari Maathai Basis, wrote on Twitter on Wednesday after the issuing of the declaration.

“We’ll preserve doing it for all inexperienced areas!”

Mohammed Badi, director normal of Nairobi Metropolitan Companies (NMS), had earlier informed a information convention subsequent to the tree “It’s now a presidential declaration that this tree will probably be conserved”.

The tree will probably be adopted by the NMS on behalf of town’s residents and each the China Street and Bridge Company and the Kenya Nationwide Highways Authority have agreed to reroute the highway.

The tree will now stand as an indication of town’s aspirations, added Wathuti.

“This specific fig tree is only a image of the larger image of what we’re asking for,” she stated. “We wish a inexperienced and clear metropolis, and clear Kenya.”

The tree was described as a ‘beacon of Kenya’s cultural and ecological heritage’ [Thomas Mukoya/Reuters]

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