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The Green Belt Movement defends the Karura Forest in Nairobi, Kenya, 1998-1999

Time period
28 September, 1998 to 16 August, 1999
Total points
10 out of 10 points
Name of researcher, and date dd/mm/yyyy
Jonathan White, 14/03/2013

The Karura forest is an urban 2500 acre forest in Nairobi.
The Kenyan government had a common practice of land grabbing or secretly
selling public lands to private companies and political allies. Wangari
Maathai, who later was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, mobilized the
Green Belt Movement to action when developers began to clear sections of the
Karura forest to build luxury homes and offices for political allies of the
government in 1998.