Published: Wednesday 31 January 2001

The natural habitat around the Mount Kenya Forest has been destroyed extensively, reveals a recent Kenya wildlife service survey. Human activity is to be blamed for this large-scale destruction. "More than 14,662 indigenous trees, 6,700 of them camphor, have been destroyed through illegal logging," said Christian Lambrechts of the un Environmental Programme.

Even the wildlife population of the east African region is registering a sharp decline, says the survey. To record the constant changes of the natural wealth across large regions, scientists from the Colorado State University, usa, and the Nairobi-based International Livestock Research Institute (ilri) have developed a tool called Savanna. The tool uses hundreds of variables on an area's fauna and flora, livestock, soil, climate and human activity for making prediction for five to 100 years.

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