02 Sep '11, 10am

Kenya's coast will be spared from biofuels landgrabbing - great news - #RSPB with NatureKenya

Kenya's coast will be spared from biofuels landgrabbing - great news - #RSPB with NatureKenya

The Tana Delta provides refuge for 350 bird species (image: Aleksey Dorofeev/flickr) A Nairobi newspaper reports that, after consideration of the scientific evidence, Kenya’s National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has decided to advise the Kenyan Government to halt the planting of the biofuel crop jatropha within the Coast region of Kenya. Proposed jatropha plantations would do irreparable damage to coastal Important Bird Areas (IBAs), including the Tana Delta and Dakatcha Woodlands. The reported decision has been applauded by BirdLife Partner NatureKenya, which has been fighting a vigorous campaign against the destruction of woodland and other coastal habitats to make room for biofuel crops. NatureKenya also provided much of the evidence on which NEMA’s decision was based, especially recent research which has cast doubt on the supposed benefits of jatropha as a ...

Full article: http://www.birdlife.org/community/2011/09/kenya%e2%80%99s...

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