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Forests and art come together at the Nairobi National Museum 0

In support and celebration of 2011, the ‘International Year of Forests’ Maasai House has organized an exhibition to raise awareness and create dialogue around trees and the environment entitled the Tree Life Exhibition at the Nairobi National Museum, between the 7th and 31st July.

The Minister for Forestry and Wildlife Hon. Dr. Noah Wekesa remarks, “Kenyans, especially forest adjacent communities rely on forests for essential goods and services for their livelihoods. More than 80% of Kenyans outside urban areas depend on forests for firewood, grazing, herbal medicine, and water among other benefits.

He continues, “The role of forests to the economy is also critical for mainstay sectors including agriculture, tourism, and energy. In light of these benefits to Kenyans and millions of people around the world, 2011 was declared the International Year of Forests by the United Nations as a means to raise awareness and strengthen the sustainable forest management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests for the benefit of current and future generations.

“The exhibition highlights the harmony that should exist, specifically between man and nature, with life in the forests as’ the focus.

“The exhibition boosts the International Year of Forests efforts to raise awareness through art on display in the hope that Kenyans will become more sensitive to the environment and how what we do or what we don’t do will affect our forests, lives and that of the generations we hope will follow,” he says.

Professor Njoroge Karanja, Chairman of The Friends of Karura Forest Association sheds some light on what he calls a Nairobi’s ‘pristine jewel’.

“Karura Forest is a 1300 hectare, pristine jewel of both indegineous and exotic trees right in the City of Nairobi. The Friends of Karura Forest have secured this forest by erecting a fence around it, he says.

“Its now open for public enjoyment for that morning jog, a serene nature walk, a discovery walk of the Mau Mau caves along Karura River amidst a misty waterfall or a quiet birdwatching experience where more than sixty birdspecies make the place their home. A place for everyone young and old.” More information on Karura Forest can be found on www.karuraforest.org

Source: Africancolours

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