Project Description

Thirsty Trees Video project

Katie Roper | Summer 2006 | Kenya

In July 2006 Katie Roper traveled to Kenya, Africa to produce a video to be aired at a major event as publicity for International Centre for Research in Agroforestry (ICRAF).

“Thirsty Trees: And the Search for Better Alternatives” is an investigation into the different problems certain trees–especially eucalyptus- are creating in the arid regions of Kenya and Africa due to the fact that they consume huge amounts of water. Local alternatives to eucalyptus are discussed, including indigenous trees which have local spiritual and medicinal properties. The video incorporates both scientific and colloquial observations of the effects of eucalyptus and economic reasons behind its proliferation in Africa.

In the process of creating the film, Katie visited several parts of Kenya, including Kisumu, Kisii, Meru, Nairobi, and Machacos to interviews stakeholders such as The Forestry Department, local farmers and residents and industries that consume firewood and timber.

The video was shown at Stockholm’s World Water Week and then released to many of Kenya’s environmental policy makers, including the National Environmental Management Authority and the Water Resource Management Authority.

More information on this campaign can be found at: