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Enviromental Conservation

Mau Forest is a forest complex in the Rift Valley of Kenya. It is the largest indigenous montane forest in East Africa. The Mau Forest complex has an area of 273,300 hectares (675,000 acres).



The forest area has some of the highest rainfall rates in Kenya.

Mau Forest is the largest water catchment area in Kenya.

Numerous rivers originate from the forest, including Southern Ewaso Ng'iro, Sondu River, Mara River and Njoro River. These rivers feed Lake Victoria, Lake Nakuru and Lake Natron.

Westerns slopes of the Mau Escarpment are covered by Mau Forest.
Contents

1 Ecology
2 Destruction
3 Mau Forest evictions
4 References
5 External links

Ecology

Typical tree species in Mau Forest include Pouteria adolfi-friedericii, Strombosia scheffleri and Polyscias kikuyuensis. Olea capensis, Prunus africana, Albizia gummifera and Podocarpus latifolius are also found there.

Endemic bird species in the area include Hartlaub's Turaco (Tauraco hartlaubi), Hunter's Cisticola (Cisticola hunteri) and Jackson's Francolin (Francolinus jacksoni).
Destruction

The forest has been traditionally inhabited by Ogiek people, whose hunter-gatherer lifestyle is sustainable.[1] However, due to immigration from other ethnic groups, parts of the forest area have been cleared for settlement.

In 2008, the inauguration of the Sondu-Miriu hydro power plant was postponed due to low water levels, that are said to be resulting from the destruction of Mau Forest.
Mau Forest evictions.

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