The Star (Nairobi)

3 December 2012

Kenya: Eucalyptus Trees Blamed for Drying of Wetlands

MASSIVE planting of eucalyptus trees has been blamed on dying of wetlands and water catchment areas in Kisii and Nyamira counties.

The National Environment Management Authority wants urgent steps taken to correct the situation and save the region from water shortage in future.

Speaking in Kisii during a visit to wetland rehabilitation sites at Nyanturago and Rigare river catchments in Kisii County, Nema management board led by Chairman Maluki Mwendwa called on locals to replace the trees.

Mwendwa said that the outcome of the first phase of the rehabilitation project showed that areas where the blue gum has been cut have recorded improved water quality and quantity.

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