Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday pledged to achieve at least 10 per cent forest cover in the next three years. “Our forestry has been identified as a key sector of investment to realize our goals and our government has set clear targets to achieve global sustainability development goals,” said President Kenyatta. Interim World Bank head Georgieva backed President Kenyatta’s sentiments and highlighted the rapid shift from the harsh 2017 drought to last year’s countrywide floods. Note that Kenyatta’s vow came days after the National Land Commission (NLC) allowed thousands of squatters to settle on a 419-acre piece of land in Karura Forest that has been at the heart of a row with the Kenya Forest Service. Currently, the East African nation has a forest cover of seven per cent.
Source: The North Africa Journal March 15, 2019 17:03 UTC