|Categories||Communities, Education, Forests|
|Date||13 May 2020|
Changing climatic conditions are envisaged to have serious consequences in developing tropical countries, especially in Arid and Semi-Arid Land (ASAL) countries like Kenya. This contributing to increased food insecurity, poverty, and difficulty in achieving major development milestones such as SDGs. Despite this, some communities are yet to be sensitised and informed on how to mitigate these adverse effects of climate change. Several efforts have been made to rehabilitate degraded sites and restore these habitats, but little has been achieved since such programs need persistence to be significant.
Therefore, this project will seek to address conservation needs for locally threatened and or extinct indigenous plant species through seedling regeneration of such indigenous species. Despite natural regeneration occurring in conserved forests where human activities are limited or prohibited, little attention has been given to other dedicated public lands that could as well be used to increase forest cover to achieve the minimum forest cover of 10% in Kenya.
Through collaborating and forming linkages with other stakeholders, we plan to spearhead and establish Narok County Specific Habitat Action Plans (NCSHAP) that will inform the management and conservation of forests, wetlands, grasslands, and other critical habitats. This will be a critical initiative in establishing grazing management as well as outlawing the sale of timber and its products without permits to achieve sustainability. We believe that in cases where grazing is allowed, it will be after it’s established that it could be sustainable with proper monitoring.
The project mainly involves the generation of seedlings from the two nurseries, at Maasai Mara University and Enenkeshui Primary School. The seedlings will later be grown in dedicated public land, community lands (forests) and designated private lands after community mentorship programmes.
We will make follow-ups and donate playing equipment and education materials to two of the most successful schools. This concept is borrowed from the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) in Belize (TIDE 2010) We are also planning to build the capacity of at least one individual in every Sub-county as Environmental Stewards. The environmental stewards will be the contact persons in their respective areas for lobbying community members and will advise and guide planting exercises, including localities for planting trees. We hope that in the future, we will identify and train more Environmental Stewards for a more signiﬁcant and sustainable impact in the grassroots.
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