A New Wave of Activists Is Challenging Kenya’s Approach to Conservation

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Environmental and wildlife campaigners march to the Chinese embassy to protest the proposed construction of a Chinese-built railway bridge, in Nairobi, Kenya, Oct. 17, 2016 (AP Photo by Ben Curtis).

A year ago, in July 2021, a prominent environmentalist was killed in Kenya. Joannah Stutchbury had been a vocal critic of a development project that was about to begin construction in Kiambu forest, a protected area of more than 1,000 acres near Nairobi, the capital. A third-generation Kenyan with British ancestry, Stutchbury had been fighting against the illegal corporate takeover of these lands when she was shot dead while clearing branches outside her home. On the global stage, Kenya has a reputation as a center for wildlife conservation work, boasting 24 national parks, 15 national reserves, six marine parks and […]

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