Situated adjacent to the Masai Mara National Reserve in south-west Kenya, the Nyekweri Forest is a precious resource.
In addition to its ecological and biodiversity value, the forest is a refuge for endangered wildlife. This includes the giant ground pangolin and regional elephant, who are known to choose the forest as a safe place to give birth. However, in the last 20 years, over 50% of the forest has been cleared due to population growth, agricultural conversion, and rampant charcoal production.
Community collaboration will be a cornerstone of this project, and we will be working in partnership with the Nyekweri Kimentet Community Forest Conservation Trust: 26 community land owners, committed to the conservation of Nyekweri Forest.
Indigenous tree nursery in progress at site donated by community
Community & Conservation rangers from local villages employed
‘ECHO’ Environmental education lessons with school children
Community Trust partnership supports sustainable solutions
Indigenous tree nursery
Community & Conservation rangers
ECHO Environmental Education lessons
Community Trust partnership
Land demarcation has resulted in dramatic changes to the Maasai pastoral lifestyle, resulting in an increased dependency on local resources, like Nyekweri Forest.
Africa Foundation’s Regional Programme Officer in Kenya, Simon Saitoti, brings an intimate and compelling perspective to these challenges.
Employ three Community & Conservation rangers from local community
Establish and develop an indigenous tree nursery at community school in collaboration with scholars and teachers
Generate 20 000 seedlings per year for forest restoration to restore forest areas cleared for charcoal production
Expand ECHO Conservation lessons programme to include specific project content
Set up trail cameras in the forest to monitor the movement of elephant and other priority species
Conduct biodiversity surveys, led by Kenya specialists, to determine full understanding of forest fauna and flora
Transform this project into a reality
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