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Forests and water catchment

Forests occupy about 2% of Kenya’s land area and yet, they are reservoirs of biological diversity (genes, species and ecosystems). These forests, and the biological diversity they carry, are important because they contribute directly to the well being of Kenyans, especially those in the rural areas, and indirectly to the mainly agricultural economy.

It is widely accepted that forest resources and associated lands should be managed to meet the social, economic, cultural and spiritual needs of present and future generations. In Kenya, forests provide wood and wood products to over 80% of all households.

Under the Forests and Water Catchment Conservation thematic area, EAWLS works to halt the reduction in acreage of land under forest cover and to increase the tree cover in the East African Region. Currently, there are two major programmes:

  • Kenya Forests Working Group (KFWG)
  • Tupande Pamoja