Mount Kenya Restoration
Central and Western Kenya
Community planting on degraded indigenous forest sites and Community Farms
Close cooperation with Community Forest Associations and Kenya Forest Service
TREES FOR KENYA
Indigenous degraded forest restoration
Our partner Trees for Kenya is working closely with local communities In different projects aimed at conserving and restoring the local environment through tree planting, forest protection and agroforestry training. Improving livelihoods is anchored in the core of their actions, thereby ensuring the long-term and sustainable success of restoration projects.
Massive illegal land use through charcoal burning, timber harvesting and cattle ranching from 1970 to 1990 left the surrounding community forests in a severely degraded state that is now being reforested through close collaboration with the affected communities.
400,000+ trees planted on
Community Forest Restoration
Trees for Kenya works in close collaboration with local communities to restore heavily degraded indigenous forests. By establishing tree nurseries and providig training and education to local communities Trees for Kenya provides sustainable forest restoration that creates value for the environment and the people.
In addition, to ensure sustainable ecological development, only indigenous tree species are selected for planting, the seeds of which have previously been collected by local communities and sold to Trees for Kenya as seeds or seedlings. Thus creating an additional sustainable source of income for the community members to improve their livelihoods and providing basic needs. In addition, community members are closely involved in site preparation, planting and planting management.
Protection of river catchment areas.
Forest ecosystems play an essential role in the water supply of the surrounding communities. Trees for Kenya takes an asset-based approach to protect the surrounding river basins and catchment areas together with the local communities as key stakeholders.
To prevent soil erosion and siltation and to maintain the natural filtering capacity of the vegetation, trees and grasses are planted along the waterline and existing forest areas are protected.
A special initiative also involves farmers in not expanding their farmland near the rivers and teaches them about their role in managing the the community asset water.
After all, protecting water as a vital resource begins with protecting intact natural vegetation.
With beginning of the "short rain" rain season, planting season has started in October.