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Nairobi, 25 March 2009 – Extensive forest fires are affecting several of Kenya’s key moisture reservoirs including the 400,000-hectare Mau Forest Complex, Kenya’s largest forest and the source of water for at least twelve rivers. Important Rift Valley Lakes, including Lake Victoria, the source of the River Nile, depend on the rivers which are fed from the forest.
Noor Hassan Noor, the Rift Valley Provincial Commissioner said that between 25 and 35 per cent of the eastern Mau forest has been lost so far as a result of the fire. UNEP