Residents risk eviction from grabbed Ngong Forest land (Nairobi County)

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Standard Correspondent] At least 20,000 families in Nairobi’s Lang’ata area risk losing their homes after the State announced plans to seize land it says was grabbed from Ngong Forest. The homeowners are apprehensive after Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko said the government had begun repossessing all land illegally acquired by private…


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Nyandarua County eyes Aberdare Forest to expand town

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Share      [Source: Business Daily, by James Kariuki] Nyandarua County has renewed its bid to hive off 163 acres from Aberdare Forest to expand Ndaragwa township, its dairy market and animal feed manufacturing hub. In its application to the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), Nyandarua County government says it has already presented a new request to the…


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Community vows not to leave forest despite order (Elgeyo Marakwet County)

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Stephen Rutto and Lynn Kolongei] The Environment and Lands Court in Eldoret has dismissed a suit by the indigenous Sengwer community seeking to stop evictions from Embobut Forest. In a petition filed on March 22, 2013, the community through their lawyer Emily Kimama had argued that if the intended evictions were…


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Keep off park, Environment CS tells developer (Nairobi County)

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Share      [Source: The Standard, by Jeckonia Otieno] The Ministry of Environment has warned individuals laying claim to part of the refurbished Michuki Park that the government will not allow alternative use of the park. In April, a law firm wrote to the Environment Ministry after the Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko threw out a private developer from…


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KFS tells off land commission over order to hive off forest to squatters

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Share      [Source: Business Daily, by Alex Njeru] Kenya Forest Service (KFS) has said that it is not ready to surrender any piece of forest land to squatters as ordered by National Land Commission in a gazette notice dated March 1. In a press statement undersigned by the Service Board Chairman, Peter Kinyua, KFS has dismissed NLC…


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KFS to plant 5m trees at Mau Complex’s Kitunga forest

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Share      Kenya Forest Service (KFS) has stepped up restoration efforts in the Mau Forest Complex—the country’s biggest water tower—with more than five million trees set to be planted during the November-December rains. KFS Mau Head of Conservancy, Fred Ogombe said  they plan  to plant the seedlings at Kiptunga Forest, which is part of the larger Mau Forest Complex. Kiptunga…


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