August 27, 2009

Devastating effects of Mau forest destruction

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 9:30 am

The government has released a report on the effects of climate change in Rift Valley following massive destruction of the Mau forest. The report details how the destruction of 400,000 hectares of Mau is causing Lakes and rivers to dry up. Increase in temperatures has exposed 25 million people to disease like highlands Malaria, yellow fever and trypanosomiasis.

Another major effect of the destruction is the disruption of wildlife migration in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, famed as the wonder of the world. The tourism industry will be mostly affected, already there is a decline in the number of elephants in many parts while the famous flamingos on Lake Nakuru are slowly disappearing.

The report says the Mau is the source of major rivers which feed into lakes in the country. Currently some of the rivers including Molo and Njoro are on the verge of disappearing. The lakes are highly threatened and their Salinity. Increased competition for land and natural resources was a direct cause of frequent land clashes which have led to displacement of people.

Agricultural production in high pontential districts has dropped by over 50% with maize being the most affected from a previous production of 14.5 million bags a few years ago. Livestock diseases have increased due to the effects of drought.

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