The report shows an increase of around 2,000 hectares of forest area after the embargo was extended in November last year following the first arrangement in 2018.
It has also increased revenue from the environment and natural resources as revenue increased by Sh 45.3 billion. improved, which corresponds to an increase of 0.3 percent in the last year.
Of the three natural resources, only mineral production decreased by 5.8 percent. Fisheries and forests grew exponentially, resulting in better gross domestic product (GDP) for the sector.
The logging ban may have had an impact on timber sales as the country reportedly lost 19 billion shutters in 2018, but it has had a positive impact on the environment.
Distribution of Rainfalls – especially the long rains in March, April and May – were “generally good” last year. However, the brief rains were below normal in most parts of the country.
More money was pumped into the water supply, an increase of about 9.7 billion Sh.
While the ban was due to an ongoing drought in 2017 that resulted in acute water shortages and dry rivers, streams and wells, this year’s positive news on forest cover has coincided with President Kenyatta’s declaration of the drought on Wednesday as a national disaster. This was last declared in 2017.
Counties affected by drought can paralyze one of the anniversary government’s Big Four agendas on food security.
To avoid such occurrences in the future, more trees need to be planted, as was envisaged in last year’s plan of the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (Kefri).
The agency said it planned to plant around two billion tree saplings to meet the expected target by 2022. This would lead to an even better GDP from forests.
The country reportedly lost between 1999 and lost around 310,000 hectares of forest in 2015. The loss was largely staged by people turning forests into settlements, farming, infrastructure development, unregulated charcoal production and trade.
When declaring the moratorium in 2017, the Environment Ministry said, that human activities have led to deterioration and interventions in water towers and riparian areas.
It is well known that inadequate forest cover has a negative effect on climate change. A World Wildlife Fund report on ending illegal logging suggests that when trees are illegally harvested, huge amounts of carbon are released.
“Forest trees and other plants absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it as it grows and flourishes, ”says the WWF report.
Aside from forests, they contribute to an adaptable environment and sustainable climate change, also cover a wider range of sectors and could bring more income to a country. Sectors include agriculture, horticulture, tourism, wildlife and energy.
In the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released August 9, warned that human activities like cutting trees are making the planet warmer be.
In order to achieve the net zero goal (a balance between the greenhouse gas produced and what is released from the atmosphere), climate scientists recommend planting more trees, among other things so that they can absorb greenhouse gas emissions.