DEFORESTATION OF THE MAU FOREST

Kenya’s Mau Forest is the largest mountain forest left in East Africa. The rivers flowing through it are a lifeline for 10 million people and countless wildlife species.  But clear-cut logging, farming and charcoal production have reduced the forest to a quarter of its original size. Deforestation has led to drought, soil erosion and flash-flooding. It has endangered the region’s biodiversity of animals, birds, insects and plants and exacerbated the impact of climate change, affecting the entire region. The original inhabitants of the forest, the Ogiek, are fighting to preserve it. This will be their story.

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