Big win for Karura Forest as 151 title deeds revoked

July 17, 2017

What might have been! On the Google Earth image above we show the areas (in red) of Karura Forest Reserve that had been extra-legally allocated. Many if not most of those were on the list that were recently revoked by the Nairobi Land Commission. Image courtesy of FKF

The Green Belt Movement (GBM) applauds the decision by the National Land Commission to revoke 151 title deeds of irregularly acquired land in Karura Forest in a gazette notice dated July 17, 2017.

GBM welcomes the timely move and supports the position by the National Land Commission directing the Chief Land Registrar to revoke the titles as per section 14(5) of the National Land Commission Act and attendant laws. The estimated 2,000 acres will be reverted to the Kenya Forest Service.

The future of our country lies in the sustainability of our cities and green spaces like Karura Forest are a large part of it. Our founder, Professor Wangari Maathai, fought to secure Karura. The Green Belt Movement and our partners, including Friends of Karura, continuously raise awareness to prevent any rollback of the gains on securing this forest.