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Environmental issues such as degradation of the Mau Forest have fuelled climate change, affecting rainfall distribution. The shrinking lush season and longer dry spells have further raised the cost of production. Ignoring these crucial factors would have been counterproductive in the push for higher ...
Kenya Forest Service rangers have arrested three people found burning charcoal in Baraget forest in the Eastern Mau forest bloc. The Mau regional commander David Mutoro said in the early morning sting operation, enforcement officers impounded a charcoal stove and several sacks of charcoal.

Since late 1990s, political leaders have been engaging in blame game over conservation of the Mau Forest complex, one of the country's three water towers, located in the Rift Valley. Efforts by successive governments to stem destruction of Mau Forest have failed because of either lack of commitment or ...
Logging persists in the Mau Forest despite the 90-day ban on tree felling. In many places there are no officers to enforce the order to save the environment. A check by the Star in the Southwestern bloc of Mau Forest in Narok showed little effort by authorities to end logging. The Kenya Forest Service has ...
"The Masai Mau Forest ecosystem is so delicate that when you destroy trees it affects the flow of rivers as well as the water supply for irrigation agriculture. The cutting of trees must be stopped before we all die of drought and starvation," he says, adding that the Authority is involving schools in planting of ...
“Charcoal burning is rampant in Mau Forest. Huge caravans of donkeys leave the forest every day, each carrying two sacks of charcoal,” said Mzee Samson Kanai a member of Community Forest Association, adding that “no action has been taken against the encroachers, even though the community has ...

“This climate change issue and occupation of the Mau Forest is negatively affecting wild animals and is causing changes in their breeding grounds, animal populations, increased animal deaths, changes in migration routes and patterns,” said Mr Parmataro Lemein, a wildlife scientist based at Matira camp.
In Summary. He warned against logging and said a taskforce has been created to oversee environmental protection. Advertisement. By ANITA CHEPKOECH More by this Author. Deputy President William Ruto on Saturday said he values the Mau Forest water tower and supports efforts on conservation.
10 KFS officers fired over illegal forest activities. Feb. 27, 2018, 6:00 pm. By GILBERT KOECH @koechjunior_1 and NOREEN KIBISU. Kenya Forest Service chairman Peter Kinyua addresses the press in Nakuru County on Mau Forest dams, January 24, 2018. /BEN NDONGA. Facebook · Twitter · Google+ · WhatsApp ...
Among them, the most important – the Mau Forest in the Rift Valley, whose rivers feed 7 lakes, including Lake Victoria and the Masai Mara game reserve. “It's too late, this decision should have been made ten years ago,” said Richard Keter, chairman of the NGO Greenlife Ecosystem, replanting trees in the ...
“When the same department was under the Office of the Prime Minister under the coalition government, it was well coordinated, and Mau Forest was saved. The same thing should be done today,” Mr Mbiuki said. While announcing the logging ban, Mr Ruto said the move will give the government adequate ...
The Deputy President said the ban on logging covers all forests. Illegal logging and invasion of forests to build homes have contributed to deforestation. Mau Forest has been one of the most affected as hundreds continue to invade it. When he took office last week, Mr Tobiko warned corrupt Kenya Forest ...
Kenyans are now being warned that rivers from Chyulu and Eastern Mau Forest water tower might soon dry up. A report from the Water Tower Agency made public Friday indicates that massive destruction that has taken place in Chyulu and East Mau water towers has affected several rivers and initial water ...
Kenya Forest Service chairman Peter Kinyua addresses the press in Nakuru on Mau Forest dams , January 24, 2018. /BEN NDONGA. Facebook · Twitter · Google+ · WhatsApp · Email. The Kenya Forest Service board has asked the EACC for thorough investigations amid intensified efforts to protect forests.
Opposition chief Raila Odinga has spoken out about the environmental crisis in the country and the fight for Mau Forest that cost him politically. He described the ravaging drought as symptomatic of Kenyan politics, which “is terribly wrong”. Recalling how he was viciously fought for spearheading the ...
But the region also became Raila's Waterloo when Deputy President William Ruto fought the PM's efforts to save the Mau Forest. The supremacy war between two former allies saw the two trade a series of accusations, which climaxed in Raila sacking Ruto from the Cabinet because of the maize scandal.
A logger burning charcoal inside the Mau Forest. Concerns have been raised over the decrease in forest cover. [Photo/cabiblog]. The National Environmental Complaints Committee (NECC) has attributed rising cases of logging and charcoal burning in forests to the failed shamba system. The committee ...

The construction of three dams in the Mau Forest will not affect the ecosystem, the Kenya Forest Service has said. KFS chairman Peter Kinyua on Wednesday said they had done proper environmental assessment to ensure the construction of Chemususu, Itare and Bosto Dams causes minimal disturbance ...
The Kenya Forest Service (KFS) is calling on communities bordering forests in the Mau complex to exercise caution when using fire. KFS Director Emilio Mugo says the service and the Kenya Meteorological Service have already sounded an alarm to county governments to help educate citizens living ...
... job openings for over 350,000 people,” Mugo said. On his part board chairman Peter Kinyua called on people living around river ecosystems in the larger Mau complex to refrain from farming activities that may damage the sensitive areas which provide a lifeline to the Mau forest which is the country`s main water tower.
In May last year, the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights ruled that the government violated the rights of the indigenous Ogiek people living in Mau forest, draws inspiration from, saying it set a precedent on why evicting such people not only violates their human rights but leaves their forests ...
In May last year, the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights ruled that the government violated the rights of the indigenous Ogiek people living in Mau forest, draws inspiration from, saying it set a precedent on why evicting such people not only violates their human rights but leaves their forests ...
Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui attended the launch of Mau - Egerton Marathon at the A.R.C Egerton University, Njoro. The charitable event is geared at rehabilitation and preservation of River Njoro, one of the main tributaries of Lake Nakuru. Mau Forest is the largest remaining indigenous forest in Kenya ...
Deep in the heart of Mau Forest Complex lies Napuiyapi swamp, one of the ecosystems that supports renowned lakes and rivers. Napuiyapi, in the local Ogiek dialect, refers to a place that holds a lot of water and is often considered unstable because it can 'swallow' if tampered with. “It is a place that holds ...
Today, small scattered groups live in the Aberdares mountain, around Mt. Kenya and Mt. Eburru, and within the Mau forest complex, but historically they inhabited other Kenyan mountains as well. To prevent further decline, regular monitoring of wild populations is vital and the support of forest-neighboring ...
In May last year, the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights ruled that the government violated the rights of the indigenous Ogiek people living in Mau forest, draws inspiration from, saying it set a precedent on why evicting such people not only violates their human rights but leaves their forests ...
By MUTHONI WAWERU, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 3 – Improved numbers in elephant population have been recorded in the latest wildlife census carried out in five ecosystems. In total, elephants were found to be 15,316 in 2017 compared to 14,411 in 2012 following the survey carried out in ...
Coastweek-- The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has released results of wildlife censuses for elephant, buffalo, giraffe and grevy's zebra carried out in five vital ecosystems in 2016 and 2017. Cabinet secretary in the ministry, Prof. Judi Wakhungu presided over the release of the results at ...
Keringet Town residents have taken to forestry as a means of generating income and also to save the Mau Forest, a water catchment area. The initiative has been hailed by the Kenya Forest Service as crucial to ensure the survival of the Mau Forest. Mr. Amos Biwott, an official of the Toyota Environmental ...
Judy Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, told a media briefing in Nairobi that the total elephant population in the Laikipia-Samburu-Meru-Marsabit, Mwea, Aberdare, Mau Forest Complex and the Mount Kenya ecosystem has increased from 13,990 in 2012 to ...
According to Prof Wakhungu both aerial surveys and the dung count method were used to carry out the animal census in the Laikipia-Meru-Samburu-Marsabit ecosystem, Mwea National Reserve, Aberdare Forest, Mau Forest Complex and the Mount Kenya Forest. POACHING In total, elephants were found ...
Police officer at a past security patrol. Officers have been asked to be on high alert not to be tricked by gangs encroaching on Mau Forest. [Photo: the-star.co.ke]. The use of technology by gangs encroaching on Mau Forest is the biggest hurdle to conservation, Nakuru county conservator Sylvester ...
Residents of the Mau forest complex have been asked to plant trees alongside other crops. Sylvester M'Odero, Nakuru county Kenya Forest Conservator, said tree planting will enable the region to maintain a conducive environment. "As we speak, forest cover in Nakuru stands at seven per cent. But we aim ...
Police in Narok County have arrested three suspects after seizing over 5,000 cedar poles worth 3 million shillings from the Mau forest. The consignment was traced to the home of one of the suspects who managed to evade a police dragnet. The three were arrested by forest rangers from the County as ...
She was only sent to school in order to protect her brother on the long walk through the Mau forest from their village to the closest primary school 50 kilometres away. According to a 2012 Education for All report, almost 40 per cent of girls from poor and rural backgrounds in Kenya receive fewer than four ...
Communities living in Olokurto and Oloropil wards in Narok north near Maasai Mau forest are set to benefit from 160 modern trees meant to rehabilitate tree cover in the area Amos Biwott the environment officer for Japan community road empowerment. The two year exercise is meant to cultivate a culture of ...
The Kenya Forest Service (KFS) is pushing for alternative sites outside the South West Mau forest for the construction of the proposed Sh20 billion ... new sites where the dam can also be put up so that it does not affect the forests,” KFS Chairman Peter Kinyua said in Nakuru during a tour of Mau forest.
The question is...how can invasion like that of Langas or other public,communal or private land get to a point where schools,clinics, private or rental houses are build up eg. in Mau Forest....without govt intervention? There is no part of Kenya without a village elder or an Assistant Chief or a Chief or Assistant ...
In May last year, the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights ruled that the government violated the rights of the indigenous Ogiek people living in Mau forest, draws inspiration from, saying it set a precedent on why evicting such people not only violates their human rights but leaves their forests ...
In May last year, the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights ruled that the government violated the rights of the indigenous Ogiek people living in Mau forest, draws inspiration from, saying it set a precedent on why evicting such people not only violates their human rights but leaves their forests ...
Coastweek-- The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources has released results of wildlife censuses for elephant, buffalo, giraffe and grevy's zebra carried out in five vital ecosystems in 2016 and 2017. Cabinet secretary in the ministry, Prof. Judi Wakhungu presided over the release of the results at ...
Cattle grazing at Napuiyapi swamp in Mau Forest, Nakuru County. The swamp faces massive degradation. [Photo by Kipsang Joseph/Standard]. Overgrazing, climate change and invasive plant species have been cited as the causes of depletion of wetlands. The four have been highlighted as major threats ...
Keringet Town residents have taken to forestry as a means of generating income and also to save the Mau Forest, a water catchment area. The initiative has been hailed by the Kenya Forest Service as crucial to ensure the survival of the Mau Forest. Mr. Amos Biwott, an official of the Toyota Environmental ...
Judy Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, told a media briefing in Nairobi that the total elephant population in the Laikipia-Samburu-Meru-Marsabit, Mwea, Aberdare, Mau Forest Complex and the Mount Kenya ecosystem has increased from 13,990 in 2012 to ...
According to Prof Wakhungu both aerial surveys and the dung count method were used to carry out the animal census in the Laikipia-Meru-Samburu-Marsabit ecosystem, Mwea National Reserve, Aberdare Forest, Mau Forest Complex and the Mount Kenya Forest. POACHING In total, elephants were found ...
Residents of the Mau forest complex have been asked to plant trees alongside other crops. Sylvester M'Odero, Nakuru county Kenya Forest Conservator, said tree planting will enable the region to maintain a conducive environment. "As we speak, forest cover in Nakuru stands at seven per cent. But we aim ...
Her ladyship, on the 15th day of March, 2013, the ACHPR presided over by your honorable self (Sophia A.B.Akuffo) unanimously ruled for provisional measures against Kenya in a matter concerning the Mau forest Complex.(Case No.006/2012) African commission for Human and People's rights V the ...
Over 6,000 red cedar poles worth approximately Sh.3Million that were on transit from the Mau forest have been seized and five suspects arrested at Nkaretta area in Narok North Sub County. The five were arrested last night by Narok County rangers as operation to curb rampant illegal logging intensified.
For Kenya, the waters will irrigate farms on the fringes of their source at the Mau Forest and nourish homesteads, but conservation experts are warning that the move could cripple the ecosystem hundreds of kilometres downstream and across the border. Kenya's action, therefore, is seen as the most ...
This is in spite of the African Court delivered a major victory for the Ogiek, following repeated evictions from their ancestral lands in Mau Forest ...


 

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