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Kenya lifts 5-year ban on deforestation KXan 36 Daily News

Date: July 18, 2024 Time: 10:02:04

It should be noted that five years ago it was Ruto who announced this ban. At that time he was vice president. With this step, the Kenyan authorities tried to protect the watersheds and prevent the impending drought. During the moratorium, the forest cover in Kenya increased from 7.13 to 8.8 percent of the territory. And in state forests there were 5 percent more trees.

Last year Ruto also announced plans to plant 15 billion trees in 10 years. This should lead to the restoration of 10.6 million hectares of forests and pastures in the country. Forest cover will increase up to 30 percent of the country’s territory. At the recent Global Citizen festival in Paris, Ruto even claimed that Kenya is at the forefront of taking action against global warming.

And now it has decided to abandon the restrictions imposed, which immediately drew criticism from environmentalists, according to the Associated Press. John Chioli, executive director of the Green Africa Foundation, said the new decision cancels all efforts to reduce the country’s carbon emissions through reforestation. And local environmental consultant Namenya Daniel Naburi expressed concern that illegal logging will now increase, biodiversity less.

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Hansen Taylor
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