Why preserving Mau forest is not just Kenyan affair

Felled indigenous trees in the Maasai Mau Forest in Kipchoge, Narok County. The Mau forest is a source of crucial rivers, which feed Lake Victoria, the source of the Nile. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • River Nile gets its water from Lake Victoria which, in turn, is fed by rivers from the Mau complex.
  • The Mau Complex also feeds Lake Natron in Tanzania through Ewaso Ng’iro.
  • If the Mau Complex dries up, it will go with all the ecosystems that depend on it, including the Nile.

Kenya has an international obligation to protect the Mau forest complex because it is a source of livelihood for millions of people beyond the country’s borders.

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