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Kenya’s logging ban has been lifted – it’s a political decision and a likely setback for conservation

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Kenya's President William Ruto has ended a six-year logging ban, a decision that has faced objections from the public. Speaking in Molo town, Nakuru County, he stated that the ban was overdue, and it was time for saw millers to harvest mature trees. Ruto emphasized that mature trees were decaying in the forests while locals suffered due to the lack of timber. The decision to lift the ban came after complaints from residents in various sub-counties who heavily relied on the timber industry. The president also announced plans to plant 15 billion trees and kickstart construction work on the stalled Itare dam.
Ruto argued that this move would create employment opportunities and promote economic growth. However, concerns have been raised about the potential implications of this decision, especially for Kenya's threatened forests, such as the Mau Forest Complex, which is a crucial ecological area in the country. Environment, Climate Change, and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Soipan Tuya clarified that the lifting of the logging ban applies only to commercial plantations and not to indigenous forests, as some Kenyans had misconstrued. The ban, originally imposed in 2018 due to widespread illegal logging and ecosystem degradation, is now aimed at enabling the harvesting of mature plantations, including those owned by the Government, while ensuring sustainable forest management practices.





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  • zelda ninga

    47 w

    This is a bad decision, with the current state we are in we can't afford to cut any trees.

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    • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

      47 w

      The lift of this ban should be enforced by Kenyan laws. Otherwise, we are going to experience the worst logging ever

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      • johnte ndeto

        47 w

        This so sad

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        • Ann Nyambura

          47 w

          We will be expecting more changes in patterns of weather and water, and an increased frequency of extreme weather events. Then tell us there is no food because of hard economic times ... sigh!!

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        • winnie nguru

          47 w

          This will come back to bite us. In any case the president should have been stricter with the ban as opposed to lifting it

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          • Sarah Chabane

            47 w

            This sounds like a terrible decision 😕

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            • Peter Kamau

              47 w

              It's absolutely a setback given the amount of atrocities done to our forests in just a few days to the lifting of the ban.There's need for regulations in order to make the logging worthwhile

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              • Elizabeth Gathigia

                47 w

                Seeing this happening in my mother land its heartbreaking and I hope the government can reconsider its decision

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                • rosebellendiritu

                  47 w

                  Read this in a similar review here and it's so disheartening because already people have been seen logging massively in various areas following this directive

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                  • Jane Wangui

                    46 w

                    @rosebellendiritu its more like we are going back to how it was before

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                  • walter lungayi

                    47 w

                    This is among the worst decisions made by the Government. He is contradicting his promise to mobilize planting of 15 billions of trees.

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                    • Ajema Lydiah

                      47 w

                      @walter_lungayi I agree

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                      • Jengaj John

                        47 w

                        @walter_lungayi The worst decision ever coming from the state.

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                        • Jane Wangui

                          46 w

                          @jengaj_john Ruto should rethink this

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