The Mau Forest Complex is the largest remaining true forest in Kenya. It is the source of water for the farmlands of western Kenya and the vast drylands of northwestern Kenya. It supports the livelihood of millions of people, and the most famous wildlife parks in the world including Masai Mara National Reserve. Degazettement of forest reserves and continuous widespread encroachments have led to the destruction of over 107,000 ha over the last two decades, representing over 25 percent of the Mau. The government of Kenya under previous regimes did so much to exacerbate the forest's destruction by handing out land for votes in the run up to multiparty elections, making the conflict more political than environmental.