Friends of Kinangop Plateau (FOKP) is the Site Support Group working with Nature Kenya for the conservation of the Kinangop Plateau and Highland Grasslands.
These grasslands on either side of the Rift Valley provide a unique habitat for the globally threatened Sharpe’s Longclaw.
The grasslands are also home to other bird species such as the Jackson’s Widowbird, the Long-tailed Widowbird, the Black-winged Plover and the Wing-Snapping Cisticola.
FOKP was founded in 1996 but officially registered in 1997 as a self-help group. FOKP work to conserve and encourage wise use of the unique grasslands. Membership has since grown tremendously to include three other branches in Engineer, Njabini and Magumu areas. Murungaru is the mother-branch. Recently, FOKP was upgraded to the status of Community Based Organization (CBO).
Members include; farmers, teachers, business people, pupils, students, affiliate groups like women groups among others.
The group has an office at Sharpe’s Longclaw Nature reserve in Murungaru. Friends of Kinangop and Nature Kenya manage the reserves to promote suitable habitats for the Sharpe’s Longclaw. These reserves are now confirmed breeding sites for the birds and demonstrate viable, sustainable and economically sound eco-friendly land use to the landowners.
These unique grasslands are under threat from cultivation and over-grazing and Nature Kenya is committed to:
To curb the menace that this unique habitat is faced with and to raise awareness on the importance of conservation, FOKP is involved in:
So far, FOKP has achieved the following: