Kenya group pleads to keep jatropha license

September 29, 2011 |

In Kenya, Tana River county counselors have petitioned the National Environmental Management Authority to not revoke a local jatropha project license. The County Council accused NGO Nature Kenya of petitioning NEMA to revoke the license without due cause stating that Nature Kenya has been operating in the area for many years and has done little to help the local population.

The Tana River County Council states it is happy for the Bedford Biofuel project to be developed on 160,000 hectares with a 45-year lease. The jatropha project will initially begin with 10,000 hectares and then be scaled up to 50,000 hectares, with the remaining land integrating agriculture and wildlife.

The area chosen for the project is dry and currently facing bush clearing that soon leave the land bear. Kenneth Pakia, a resident who accompanied the counselors, said the jatropha project would provide cover and assist the ecosystem to sustain the environment.

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