- Kenya’s fourth most populous county, with a density of ~214 people/km2
- Most of Nakuru’s forests are within the Mau Watershed (one of Kenya’s 5 main water sources), & provide timber & fuel wood as well as employment, though consistent deforestation is impacting ecosystem service provisioning
- 70% of the county considered arable & highly productive (relatively high nationally, with 20% of Kenya’s area classified as arable)
- Historical ethnic patronage & conflict between Kikuyu, Kalenjin & other communities stemming from British colonial rule has led to violence & unequal access to land & resources, as well as political conflict
- Lake Nakuru National park covers only 2.5% of the county’s area, but contains significant biodiversity
David, O.; Chan, C.; Stickler, C.; Karunditu, M.; Matika, W.
deforestation, livelihoods, climate change, mitigation, national planning, development policy