Kenya: How poor land use is causing our rivers to dry up


As we highlighted in this column last week, declining water levels in Ndakaini Dam in Murang’a is being attributed to lack of rains. We thought this was a phenomenon that only affects the highly industrialised nations with tonnes upon tonnes of carbon emissions. Years of poor land use planning - the art and science of managing land through regulating or controlling what use land is put to - has seen people getting deeper and deeper into the forests that have acted as water catchment areas. About 75 per cent of Kenyans engage in farming while only eight per cent of land in the country is arable. But we have a choice: We either stop the poor land use tide, reform or perish.


Source:   Standard Digital
January 12, 2017 07:33 UTC






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