Effects of Mau Forest Destruction-Study by Geography students
Date and time: 
Mon, 2017-06-05 11:58

Among the several ways that locals use to destroy forests include logging and burning of trees. Once the forest is burnt, the land is hence used for agricultural purposes. The locals grow potatoes, maize among other crops.

According to Dr. Shah, the desertification of Mau Forest by the locals and the burning of the indigenous trees will accelerate the effects of climate change and the area will soon experience floods.  The area is bound to experience biological weathering. Biological weathering is weakening and subsequent disintegration of rock by plants, animals and microbes. Once the land is weak, the landslides over like it happened recently in the Embu region.

The preservation of the Mau Forest is critical. This can be achieved by education of the local populace on the dangers of the climate change.

Mau Forest is a beautiful scenery for bird watchers and since the destruction of the forest began, the birds have reduced significantly in number hence denying the country the much needed income from tourism.

Unlike Karura Forest, which doesn’t suffer from desertification, because of ‘Friends of Karura’ who have been in the forefront in protecting the forest, Mau Forest faces challenges. The forest has since been deforested up to 70%. Mau Forest also faces the challenge of parasitic weeds like Lantana Camara which feed on the few remaining indigenous trees.

Protection of the indigenous forests cannot be left to the government alone, but the entire nation and local communities need to be engaged. Government authorities like National Management Authority, (NEMA), Kenya Forest Services, (KFS) have limited human capital to combat the ferocious tree loggers.

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Expiry Date: 
Thu, 2017-11-30 11:58