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Forest Communities

Forest Communities

People will always place the needs of their families first and those of the environment second. Communities that live within the forest need to profit commercially from its protection… otherwise they will clear the forest, profit from the sale of wood and then use the land for agriculture.

The tea industry in Kenya has replaced large tracts of indigenous forest - much was once bamboo. The tea industry requires large quantities of wood fuel to fire its steam boilers. The Bamboo Trading Company has suggested that the Kenya Tea Development Agency and the Nyayo Tea Zones encourage their farmers to rehabilitate areas of indigenous bamboo and use it as firewood.

Bamboo is used throughout Asia to produce housing & furniture. Forest Communities across Kenya should be encouraged to produce a variety of cottage industry products from bamboo. Bamboo poles can be treated against insects and fungi.

by Dr. Radut.