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President Ruto and the logging controversy

As Kenya's President William Ruto readies to host the Africa Climate Summit, he faces criticism from domestic environmentalists over his plans to lift a logging ban. While Ruto has gained recognition abroad for his environmental initiatives, his decision to revoke the ban has caused controversy within Kenya. The government's argument is that the move will stimulate the economy and impact only a fraction of the nation's forests, mainly commercial ones, potentially safeguarding natural indigenous forests that absorb more carbon and support wildlife. However, critics assert that this decision contradicts Ruto's tree-planting campaign and could exacerbate the ongoing drought.

Kenya's forests cover an area larger than Israel, with about 1/20th being commercial forest used for timber production. Ruto had initially imposed a 90-day logging ban in 2018 due to concerns about deforestation's impact on water resources and hydroelectricity. The ban was extended multiple times but was lifted by Ruto, who is now president, in July this year, claiming that mature trees shouldn't go to waste while communities suffer from a lack of income. While the forest industry association highlights the sector's contribution to GDP and job creation, some environmentalists challenge the lifting of the ban, citing potential negative consequences for water resources and long-term environmental well-being. A legal challenge against the ban's lifting has been initiated, and the Kenyan high court has suspended the decision pending a final judgment.

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    • Harrison wambui

      42 w

      Ruto is trying all the best for climate

      • winnie nguru

        42 w

        I still condemn the decision to lift the logging ban. That was a terrible move . The consequences await us

        • zelda ninga

          42 w

          This issue is very controversial because the government is saying that they owe peaple loggs from the year 2019 and that's what they are trying to do. But who knows!

          • Ajema Lydiah

            42 w

            so disappointing, logging isn't the best option

            • walter lungayi

              42 w

              It's ironic to all the efforts He is putting up to plant more trees yet He is lifting the ban on logging.

              • Elizabeth Gathigia

                42 w

                He's a great leader, but logging was a wrong decision he made

                • johnte ndeto

                  42 w

                  I think president ruto is doing great on matters climate. My own opinion though

                  • rosebellendiritu

                    42 w

                    @johnte_ndeto yes he is,but the only wrong decision he made was to lift a ban on logging

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