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Ogiek community backs logging ban, vows to support conservation efforts

Noah Cheploen @cheploennoah

The minority Ogiek community living in Mau Forest has thrown its weight behind the logging ban enforced by the government in the latest move to preserve the country’s forest cover.

Through the Ogiek Peoples’ Development Programme (OPDP) executive director Daniel Kobei, they  lauded the government efforts, saying the country risks being turned into a desert if logging is not stopped.  Speaking to the press in Nakuru, Kobei, who was accompanied by John Samurai (programme manager) and Moraa Obiria, communication manager, however, urged the government to bring on board the Ogiek community for the conservation efforts to be successful.

The Ogiek with an estimated population of 45,000 people and who live inside the Mau Forest, Kenya’s biggest water tower, has in the past resisted plan by the government to evict them from their “ancestral home..

“We thank the government for the latest conservation efforts,” Kobei said.

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