UNEP report on deforestation in Kenya 2012 5th Nov
Hon. Dr. Noah Wekesa, Kenya's Minister of Forestry and Wildlife, said the report - entitled 'The Role and Contribution of Montane Forests and Related Ecosystem Services to the Kenyan Economy' and launched at the beginning of the Kenya Water Towers, Forests and Green Economy National Dialogue - marked a new phase in efforts to conserve the vital ecosystem services provided by Kenya's forests. "The value of the Mau Forest's ecosystem services to the Kenyan economy previously calculated by UNEP has already catalyzed a response to conserve and rehabilitate this vital resource," he said. "This shows we have already acknowledged the importance of forests.
However, this new report quantifies the massive scale of the economic damage deforestation brings and shows much more needs to be done nation-wide." Kenya's five water towers - Mau Forest Complex, Mount Kenya, the Aberdares, Mount Elgon and Cherangani - feed filtered rainwater to rivers and lakes and provide more than 15,800 million cubic metres of water per year, which represents over 75 per cent of the country's renewable surface water resources.