World Bank Monitoring Developments over Karura Forest in Kenya
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NAIROBI, Kenya (PANA, 02/08/99) - The World Bank says it is keenly
monitoring the destruction of Nairobi's Karura forest and how Kenyans
would react to the affair.
The bank's vice president, Ismail Serageldin, said Monday in Nairobi
during a meeting with a environmetalist Wangari Mathai that the (global)
environmental issue was high in the bank's agenda, as most countries were
"We at the World Bank are very concerned about the loss of forests and
general environmental degradation," he said.
He said any form of development initiated by government or individuals
should be environmentally sustainable.
"Development projects should put into consideration the impact of the
project on society," he stressed.
He said the World Bank had formulated a proposal for a new development
framework that pays attention to institutions and environmental equity.
Violent clashes occurred recently between Nairobi university students who
wanted to plant tree seedlings in the Karura forest amid reports that the
area had been allocated to a housing development scheme.
The clashes eventually led to an indefinite closure of the educational