Precision forestry: A way forward for the timber industry in East Africa

Forestry is a vital sector for the economies and livelihoods of many people in East Africa. Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania have a combined forest area of about 65.5 million hectares, which accounts for about 27% of their total land area┬╣. These forests provide a range of goods and services, such as timber, fuelwood, charcoal, non-timber forest products, biodiversity conservation, watershed protection, climate regulation and recreation.