Marakwet East District is one of the Districts forming Rift valley province bordering Marakwet West, Central Pokot to the East, West and East Pokot to the South respectively. For many decennia people were living in the forests in Marakwet East.
It was also noted that approximately 19,500 people were illegally living and unsustainably utilizing the forest hence undermining its ecological integrity. This raised alarm to the local community and called for embarking on serious and urgent measures to restore, protect and conserve the ecological and biodiversity of Embobut forest.
Negative Ecological Impact (Current Scenario)
As a result of recent serious encroachment, the forest ecosystem is facing numerous insurmountable problems with ramification on socio- economic activities which is bound to affect the local people negatively. Such negative impacts include the following;-
- Negative effect on local climatic order resulting in poor weather and disorderly rainfall
patterns that affect the overall agri- productivity of the region
- Increased land denudation through increased soil erosion
- Massive forest encroachment and unsustainable utilization in form of subsistence and commercial
farming, logging, charcoal burning and illegal settlements
- Reduced water supply as a result of decimation of the water catchment.
- Reduced supply of basic forest utility products.
- Reduced rain water infiltration with increased runoff
WorldLife is planning to start reforestation projects in this region in October.