GreenPeace Africa opposes felling of Machakos trees

GreenPeace Africa has opposed plans to cut down pine and cypress plantations at Iveti Forest in Machakos County. The NGO says felling of the trees standing on 2.2 hectares will adversely affect weather patterns in the region. “Kenya has a target of 10 per cent forest cover but according to Kenya Forest Service only 6.2 per cent of Kenya’s total land is currently covered. The government’s approval to fell mature rees at Iveti forest is wrong and disregards the efforts by local farmers, communities and environmental organisations that are working to increase forest cover in the country,” said GreenPeace Africa Africa senior food for life campaign manager Renee Olende.