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MONDAY MARCH 2 2020
Solar-powered fence along Mt Kenya Forest

Solar-powered fence along Mt Kenya Forest. At least Sh1 billion is needed to complete the fencing off of the Mt Kenya Forest. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

DAVID MUCHUI

By DAVID MUCHUI
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At least Sh1 billion is needed to complete the fencing off of the Mt Kenya Forest as the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and Rhino Ark seek to replicate the conservation gains made in the Aberdare Forest.

The fencing off of the forests has been hailed as a solution to the constant human-wildlife conflicts that have cost the government billions of shillings in compensation claims over the years.

Rhino Ark Executive Director Christian Lambrechts said fencing off the 450-kilometre Mt Kenya ecosystem will cost about Sh1.5 billion compared to Sh800 million that was spent on the 400km Aberdare Ranges.

COST PER KM

It costs about Sh2.5 million to build one kilometre of electric fence.

Fencing off the Aberdare Forest was also supported by various corporates, including the Nation Media Group.