Aerial survey of the destruction of Mt. Kenya, Imenti and Ngare Ndare forests reserves
The aerial survey of the destruction of Mt. Kenya, Imenti and Ngare Ndare forests was undertaken to provide a rapid systematic assessment and monitorable baseline information on these forests, as a sample to represent the other forests in the country. It was specifically carried-out in response to requests to Kenya Wildlife Service by various institutions, NGOs, including the Kenya Forests Working Group, conservationists and community groups.
Prior to carrying out the survey, consultations and awareness on the assessment were made with the Forest Department headquarters and field officers for purposes of organising the undertaking and to seek their support. The field work was carried out between February – June 1999 and was followed by ground validation.
Seven categories of forest threats were identified and details recorded and analysed. These include: Shambasystem, charcoal production, livestock grazing, logging of indigenous trees, growing of marijuana (Canabis sativa), landslides and fire occurrences.
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