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The Destruction of Bamboo

The Destruction of Bamboo

Kenya has successfully built fences around a number of its forests. These separate private land from public land and reduce human and wildlife conflict. They are an important step in the right direction. But the country needs to do more than isolate its natural resources - it needs to integrate them into a sustainable economy with a sustainable source of wood fuel which will protect its hardwood forests.

Every year thousands of people migrate from rural areas across Kenya in search of employment. Many end up living in city slums. Kenya needs to stem the economic migration of its citizens by offering them opportunities in rural areas and in government forests.

Bamboo will continue to be destroyed across Kenya until it commands an economic value. Only then will people protect it.

by Dr. Radut.