Illegal logging is widespread in the country, both for timber and fuelwood. In 2015, Kenya along with Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique and Madagascar made a joint declaration stating their commitment to increase cooperation in order to tackle the illegal timber trade in the region (East African Business Week, 2015).
8% of Kenya’s land area is forested. No primary forests remain: the vast majority of forests are naturally regenerated and 5% are plantations. Forest cover has been increasing since 2000; at an annual rate of 1.9% for the decade 2000-10, and 0.9% for the following five years (FAO, 2015).