Published: Saturday 15 September 2001

Environmentalists in Kenya have urged foreign donors to make protection of dwindling forests a necessary criterion for giving funds to the Kenyan government. According to them, 'politically motivated' deforestation is endangering the country's ecology. "It is a joke that our government is borrowing money for conserving resources that are being destroyed with the help of officials," said Wangari Maathai, head of the Green Belt Movement, an advocacy group. Even Kenya's three major donors, the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and European Union, have expressed concerns about the country's declining forest cover.

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