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Nature Kenya—the East Africa Natural History Society (EANHS)—is Africa’s oldest environmental Society. It was established in 1909 to promote the study and conservation of nature in eastern Africa. Nature Kenya mission is  to  "connect nature and people" to take action for biodiversity conservation. ………..read more

Formation of Tana River Delta Community Forest Association Underway

The Kenya Forest Service (KFS) has identified Nature Kenya to play a role in the formation of a Community Forest Association (CFA) at the Tana River Delta. In recognition of its engagement with the communities at the Tana Delta, KFS, through a letter, has invited Nature Kenya, among other conservation organizations, to assist in the establishment of the Tana Delta Community Forest Association. The association will oversee the sustainable management of over 70,000 hectares of gazetted community forestland.

Farmers and Pastoralists in Tana River Delta Working Together to Create Wealth

Development (UK Aid), initiated a program that sought to improve livelihoods of six villages, namely - Wema, Hewani, Moa, Walkon, Onkolde and Ozi ­ at the Tana River Delta by at least 30 per cent by March 2013. Crop farming was the main activity targeted in Wema and Hewani villages that are largely inhabited by the Pokomo community.

The main intervention strategy in the two villages was through agricultural training, and the establishment of the Farmers Field School (FFS) was one of the approaches that proved to be very successful. Many farmers have replicated skills learnt at the FFS. Some members Orma and Wardei communities, who are traditionally pastoralists, have even developed a keen interest in crop farming and are now actively engaged in cultivation.

Use of ‘rocket jikos’ helping to save forests in Western Kenya

Rocket jikos can save up to 60% on firewood consumption compared to the traditional three-stone stoves. “This means there is less firewood needed for cooking thereby easing pressure on the surrounding forests, particularly the Nandi forests.”

North and South Nandi forests are Important Bird Areas. Nature Kenya with funding support from Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has been supporting the forest-adjacent communities in the adoption of these energy-saving technologies.




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