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Kenya Approaches 53 years of ‘Independence’ – 10 Things You Might not Know about this East African Powerhouse

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#7:. Kenya was the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to establish a national family planning program, launched in 1967. Despite this, In just over four decades it population has nearly quadrupled in size, from 10.9 million in 1969 to almost 45 million people today.

#8:. Kenya was the first African country to establish marine protected areas, the Malindi and Watamu Parks and Reserves established in 1968.

The original motivation for their establishment was mainly the need to earn foreign exchange through tourism. Other parks and reserves have subsequently been set up in reaction to perceived problems such as the over-exploitation and destruction of marine habitats.

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