Rift Valley, Kenya

Children peek out of school window near a small village in the western part of the Mau forest escarpment in Kenya's Rift Valley. The country's biggest closed-canopy forest and a vital water catchment area, it has lost 264,400 acres, about a quarter, of its trees over the last two decades due to illegal settlement, logging and charcoal burning encouraged by corrupt officials.
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( Roberto Schmidt / AFP / Getty Images / September 18, 2009 )

Children peek out of school window near a small village in the western part of the Mau forest escarpment in Kenya's Rift Valley. The country's biggest closed-canopy forest and a vital water catchment area, it has lost 264,400 acres, about a quarter, of its trees over the last two decades due to illegal settlement, logging and charcoal burning encouraged by corrupt officials.

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