Last week was World Wetlands Day. This got me thinking of the causes and effects facing our diminishing wetlands. How and where it all started.
The eucalyptus was introduced to the country in 1896 during the construction of the Kenya – Uganda Railway. The construction of the railway and buildings was depleting indigenous tree sources and exporting timber would incur a very high cost for the country. Eucalyptus seed and seedlings were therefore introduced to Kenya from South Africa to serve as material for the railway.
Overtime, the tree has been used in other commercial areas such as buildings, utility poles and as a fuel source for tea production. The trees therefore became important in the economy set up of the country due to its fast growth rate and availability.