Kenya Halts Baobabs Export Amid 'Biopiracy' Concerns

Kenyan authorities have cancelled a licence issued to a foreign company to uproot and export baobab trees from the coastal region amid concern by environmental experts.

The environment ministry said authorisation for the uprooting of the giant trees was not obtained regularly.

In a statement, it said that the process needed “adequate authorisation and a clear and transparent benefit sharing formula for the community”.

The ministry has now ordered the transport and forest authorities to cancel the movement permit that allowed the transportation of the trees as well as the export, pending a reassessment of the deal.

She said the ministry would also take action against people found not to have followed due process.