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Kenya's forest cover increases by 5.3 per cent in four years


Kenya lost five per cent of forest cover between 1990 and 2005.

According to the World Bank, Kenya lost an average of 12,600 hectares per year of forest cover due to human settlement and illegal logging during the period.

Data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) on the 2009 national population census revealed that 64.6 per cent of Kenya’s households depend on wood fuel.

Most developing countries rely heavily on wood fuel as source of energy for cooking and heating.

The government through the Kenya Forest Service has put over 400,000 hectares of degraded public land under forestry. This has seen forest cover in the country increase by over five per cent in the last four years.

The government aims at achieving 10 per cent forest cover by 2020.