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Illegal Logging Intensifies in Forests as Cost of Kerosene, Cooking Gas Rises

Conservationists are warning that the gains made in increasing forest cover could be eroded due to increased logging, brought about by rise in fuel prices.

According to Chairman of Lake Naivasha Water Resource Users Association Enock Kiminta, many locals have turned to forests for firewood, since many people cannot afford cooking gas or kerosene.

The forests that are already under pressure following the fuel price hike are Eburru and Aberdare, where cases of illegal logging have shot up in the last one month.

Kiminta further noted that water levels of rivers in the Lake Naivasha Basin had dropped sharply due to ongoing drought.

"We have seen several rivers in the catchment area dry up and this means a crisis for communities living downstream and could lead to increased disputes," he said.

Chairman of Lake Naivasha Basin Landscape Association Paul Ruoya termed the increase in fuel prices as a blow to environmental conservation

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Kiminta Lake Lake Naivasha Water Resource Users Association Paul Ruoya


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