Forest bordering Kenya’s Masai Mara under threat

People living in the Nyakweri forest fight to protect it as charcoal traders move in 

Dan Kaburu
Friday 26 February 2021 10:56
<p>Turning forests into farmland reduces wildlife habitat</p>

Turning forests into farmland reduces wildlife habitat

Beyond the escarpment that marks the western boundary of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve lies the Nyakweri Forest. An area of ancient primary growth trees, inhabited by people including the Masai, it is now being carved up into individual plots. In some, trees are being felled to make way for farms, or for charcoal. Some are trying to slow the destruction. 

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