09 Aug '11, 12am

Horn of #Africa #Drought Needs Long Term Solutions - UNEP

Horn of #Africa #Drought Needs Long Term Solutions - UNEP

The availability of drinking water is of crucial importance in these vulnerable communities. UNEP has been at the forefront of supporting the restoration of Kenya's Mau forest, which is one of Sub-Saharan Africa's largest closed canopy forest and the source of the Yala and Nyando rivers which feed Lake Victoria, provide drinking water and support 5,000 hectares of rice production important for local food security. Decades of deforestation of this single most important water catchment in the Rift Valley and western Kenya have had devastating effects on the country, including severe droughts and floods which in turn have led to loss of human lives and livelihoods, crops and livestock. Major steps have now been taken to rehabilitate the Mau and in February a multi-million Euro project to assist in the restoration of the complex was announced by the European Union, UNEP and th...

Full article: http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=26...

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