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Kenyan villagers tap traditional wisdom to save native trees and water
by Dominic Kirui

Thomson Reuters Foundation    Translate This Article
31 August 2021

On 31 August 2021 Thomson Reuters Foundation reported: When the stream in his village in Kenya's western Kericho County dried up 15 years ago, Wilson Towett had to ferry water each day from another river several kilometres away during the two-year dry spell that followed. But much has changed since then. Using their traditional knowledge, Towett and 14 other elders in Cheplanget village began planting water-retaining indigenous trees along the stream's bare banks and issued local by-laws banning the cutting of bush and trees along the stream. Within two rainy seasons, it was in full flow again. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of science and culture, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

... By using traditional wisdom to tackle modern-day environmental challenges, such as deforestation and water scarcity, villagers can ensure their efforts are effective and sustainable, environmentalists say.

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