On 2 July, Kenya’s President William Ruto ended an almost six-year moratorium on logging in the country’s commercial forests, leaving the ban on logging indigenous forests in place. In 2018, as deputy president, Ruto announced a 90-day ban “to allow reassessment and rationalisation of the entire forest sector”. The government regularly extended the ban to limit illegal logging and prevent lowering Kenya’s water levels during a drought.

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