Kenyans save their forests as greed threatens their livelihoods

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Kenyans save their forests as greed threatens their livelihoods

In three decades, the amount of land covered with closed canopy forests has plummeted from 12% to below 2%

Kagondu Njagi

Peter Wainana remembers when the forest near his home outside Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, was so thick with trees and vegetation it was difficult to walk through.

Today, Thogoto forest, on Nairobi’s northwest edge, is dotted with open spaces that locals and environmentalists say have been illegally cleared of trees by loggers and property developers, Wainana said.

The destruction motivated the 49-year-old to join a dozen other farmers from Karinde village to protect Thogoto’s trees through projects such as bamboo farming and beekeeping...

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