Deforastation, Northern Mau, Kenya
UN Web TV "Add Your Voice" series - The economy and the welfare of Kenya's forests are closely linked. The country's five main forest areas feed filtered rainwater to rivers and lakes and provide more than 15,800 million cubic metres of water per year.
Deforestation deprived Kenya's economy of 5.8 billion shillings ($US 68 million) in 2010 and 6.6 billion shillings in 2009, far outstripping the roughly 1.3 billion shillings injected from forestry and logging each year, according to a joint Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report.
The finding underscores the fact that forests are worth more standing than cut down, and that they prop up many sectors of the economy, creating a ripple effect.
Source: UNifeed, UNEP
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