A major new restoration project for the northern sector of Kenya's Mau Forest complex has been announced today.
The European Commission and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) are to form a partnership that will aid the Kenyan government in re-establishing the region as a thriving ecosystem.
In particular the scheme will look to safeguard the ecosystem services provided by the Yala and Nyando rivers that flow through the Mau forest.
The rivers provide essential drinking water, hydropower and sustain revenues from tea and rice production and tourism in the area.
Nature-based services in the forest are thought to be worth around $1.5 billion (£920 million) to the Kenyan economy and by protecting the forest's natural resources it is hoped that this will prove valuable.
The European Union's (EU) commissioner for the environment Janez Potocnik said that the EU and UNEP share a number of primary concerns and "sustainable management of natural resources, sustainable consumption and production and the Green Economy are among those key priorities".
Posted by Bob Brunskill