18 Jul '11, 5am

Kenya steps up efforts to restore forests

Kenya steps up efforts to restore forests

Kenya has stepped up effort to conserve heavily depleted forests and boost cover from the current two to ten percent. The government through the Ministry of forestry has underscored the importance of working together with communities living around forests to conserve and restore forests. Major forests that have undergone long periods of destruction are Mau Forest, Mt Kenya forest, Elgon Mountain and Nyandarua ranges. Forestry Minister Noah Wekesa said Thursday that different corporate sectors, Kenya Forests Association and Community Conservation groups would work together to plant more trees to boost forest cover. Wekesa however encouraged conservationists to plant more indigenous trees like Podo and bamboo species instead of exotic trees like eucalyptus species that are not environmental-friendly. The government has mounted campaign to cut down all eucalyptus trees specie...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/conservation/kenya-steps-effort...

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