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Kenya's Forest Cover Increases 5.3% in Four Years

The county's forest cover has increased by 5.3 per cent in four years, Environment CS Judy Wakhungu has said.

She attributed this to the rehabilitation of over 400,000 hectares of degraded public land, which is part of the government's strategy to combat desertification.

Wakhungu said only 1.7 per cent of the land was covered by forest in 2013 but this has increased to seven per cent.

The CS said the government has partnered with more than 10 African countries and donors to push the tree cover to 10 per cent by 2020.

Wakhungu said the move is aimed at responding to effects of climate change and other environmental challenges.

The CS said the country has developed climate change strategy and is currently implementing a number of policies to sustain afforestation and re-afforestation.

Anup Shah

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