Kenya’s Dakatcha Woodlands have featured prominently in
these posts over the last year. The
central issue is that the thirst for biofuels is driving a land grab that
threatens to destroy important habitats (the Dakatcha woodlands being but one),
disrupt lives and actually make climate-damaging emissions worse.
This utterly discredited approach is revealed in a new
report published by Action Aid, RSPB and Nature Kenya. The conversion of land from
woodland to biofuel-producing jatropha cropping can boost the output of carbon
by up to six times – yes you read that right, it makes the climate damage
Fischer's turaco one of the threatened birds in the Dakatcha woodlands - picture by Doug Janson
If you would like to read more – here is coverage on the BBC
and here is an earlier post from RSPB’s Helen Byron who visited the area
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