Why the Eucalyptus is killing our wetlands

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.

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5 thoughts on “Why the Eucalyptus is killing our wetlands

  1. It’s great that we’ll be interacting through Environmental Conservation Network, I’ll contact you. Carrying out some project to mitigate the effects of planting exotic trees especially eucalyptus in Kakamega forest.
    I’ve shared this post on LinkedIn

  2. I was in kakamega the other day and I happened to visit the crying stone. Since eucalyptus trees were planted there it does not “cry” anymore. You know what happened. The forest is also being infiltrated by exotic trees mostly the eucalyptus, mark you it’s a natural tropical rainforest.
    Great piece highlighting this.
    Miheso Israel
    Environmental conservation network

    1. Thank you.

      It’s sad that this is still happening today. Natural springs are disappearing daily. Water sources have reduced every where. It’s a sad state. But we must have hope in educating the masses.

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