The Kikuyu escarpment forest with its great mixture of both large and small wildlife animals, birds and butterflies, has been the beautiful gateway to the Great Rift Valley until degradation set in.
This environment is the source of water and thus livelihood to the neighbouring communities. Escarpment Environment Conservation Network (ESCONET) effectively mobilises and builds the Great Rift Valley community’s capacity to rehabilitate, conserve and protect its natural ecosystems and promote the sustainable maintenance of a clean, healthy environment.
The communities have become even more dependent on the forest for their livelihoods due to the negative climatic changes. The women and girls move longer distances in search of fuel wood and water, exposing them to danger of attacks and assaults. The Masai have to bring their cattle to graze in the forest. With the loss of flora and fauna, tourism income has dwindled.
Social and Sustainability Benefits
The project is contributing to sustainable development:
- poverty reduction through employment creation
- water catchment areas will be conserved providing water/food security.
- Plant 30,000 indigenous tress on 30 hectares
- Birds, butterflies and other wildlife habitats will be conserved and others created
- Bees attracted by the trees in flowering season will benefit the community through sale of fruit and honey, and so reduce poverty
- Nutritional benefit from some of the fruit trees
- Pastoral communities will have pasture for their animals during drought times
- Trees also assist in the prevention and control of soil erosion.
£7.50 to offset 1tCO2e.