Subsistence farmers encroaching on the Mau forest are threatening to undermine Kenya's drainage basin, which is ecologically crucial to Kenyan farming, rivers and wildlife. Since the 1990s, some 30% of the Mau has been cleared to make way for farmers planting wheat, tomatoes and cabbage. Downstream river flow, diminished as a result of the forest clearing, exacerbates droughts already made severe by global warming.

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