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Kenya committed to restore 5.1 million hectares of degraded landscapes. Photo by Aaron Minnick/WRI
Kenya to Restore Denmark-sized Area of Degraded LandAs a result of poor land use, including overcultivation and overgrazing, Kenya has been quickly losing land todesertification. The drylands that make up much of the country are particularly susceptible.
Kenya’s restoration plan is not only notable because it will reverse some of this degradation, but because of how the country set its international target.
WRI participated in a technical working group that used a novel research approach to map Kenya’s different land areas. That group found 38.8 million hectares (96 million acres)—more than 65 percent of Kenya’s total land area—suitable for restoration. The goal announced last Thursday represents more than 13 percent of the total restorable land area. (View the map here.)
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