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|Title: ||Land use in Kenya|
|Corporate Author: ||Consultants for Natural Resources Management|
|ASFA Terms: ||Land use|
|Issue Date: ||2000|
|Abstract: ||This book exposes the key land use and environmental problems facing Kenya today due to lack of an
appropriate national land use policy. The publication details how the air is increasingly being polluted,
the water systems are diminishing in quantity and deteriorating in quality. The desertification process
threatens the land and its cover. The soils are being eroded leading to siltation of the ocean and lakes.
The forests are being depleted with impunity thus destroying the water catchments. The savannas and
grasslands are undergoing de-vegetation through overgrazing, charcoal burning and other poor land use
practices leading to desertification.
The book also reveals the underlying causes of the deterioration of the life support systems (air, water
and land) through poor land use practices notably de-forestation, inappropriate irrigation techniques,
overgrazing, fuel wood harvesting and charcoal burning. Others are pollution from industries, harmful
agricultural practices and improper management of solid and liquid urban wastes. The ever-increasing
population exerts pressure on the natural resources and drives the mis-use of the resources, the situation
is exacerbated by the cyclic occurrence of disasters such as droughts and floods.|
|Appears in Collections:||Miscellaneous|
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