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"No more timber harvesting," Government declares

26th February, 2018

The Government has temporarily suspended timber harvesting for 90 days in all forests over the acute water shortage witnessed across the country. During the 90-day moratorium, the state plans to review and rationalise the entire forest sector in Kenya and propose mitigations to curb the dry taps.

“Deforestation, degradation and encroachment of water towers and other catchment areas coupled with uncontrolled human activities including wanton logging have threatened and undermined our country’s capability to ensure food security. This situation poses a threat to the achievement of the big four agenda items of the Jubilee Government,” Deputy President Ruto said in a statement. The forests have been afflicted by vagaries of weather and illegal logging activities, climate change, pollution, human encroachment and diversion of water sources for 

 

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