Kenya’s President Ruto announced on Sunday that country was lifting a six-year ban on logging.
The logging ban had been put in place by former president Uhuru Kenyatta.
In a speech in Nakuru, Ruto assured the public that the government implemented extensive plans to ensure responsible logging.
“Over the next 10 years, we shall grow 15 billion trees and restore 10.6 million hectares of degraded forests and rangelands,” Ruto said.
Ruto stressed that only ripe, mature trees would be reaped, and an equal number of saplings would be planted in their place.
While the decision has been lauded by many for its potential economic benefits, concerns over the environmental impact of increased logging activities persist.
Kenya’s forests play a crucial role in maintaining ecological balance, providing habitats for wildlife, preserving water catchment areas, and mitigating climate change through carbon sequestration.
During the ban, the government focused on reforestation efforts and initiated programs to raise awareness about the importance of forest conservation.
However, the logging industry suffered a severe blow, leaving many communities that heavily rely on forest products in dire economic straits.
The decision was criticized by environmental activists and conservation groups, expressing concerns over unchecked logging practices resulting in further deforestation and degradation of natural habitats.
They argue that sustainable forestry practices must be strictly enforced to ensure the long-term health and vitality of Kenya’s forests.