What's Driving the Demolition of 4000 Buildings in Nairobi

By Sean Avery

Drastic action is being taken in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, with 4000 buildings set to be demolished. The reason: they were constructed on riparian land - land adjacent to the watercourses that traverse the city. In an interview with The Conversation Africa, Sean Avery discusses what is happening and why riparian areas are so vital.

What is a riparian area and why is it important?

The riparian area is the land next to rivers, inland lakes and ocean shores. It's the zone within which water bodies naturally fluctuate. Near the coast it is the tidal zone and along inland water bodies it's where seasonal water level fluctuations, including floods, are accommodated.

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