Since the project started, 10 community groups have already formed, there is a significant rise in support for the forest, encroachment has reduced and local people are benefiting from sustainable forest-based activities.
We began work in Kenya in 1994 and as a result of our support Nature Kenya
has implemented a number of very successful conservation programmes focusing on using the skills and enthusiasm of local people to lead conservation efforts.
We consider Kenya a high priority, and Nature Kenya has proven itself to be an effective conservation partner. South Nandi Forest emerged for a prioritisation process as one of the most valuable Kenyan forests facing imminent threats and lacking an effective conservation response. The forest contains 47 forest specialist species and is the global stronghold for the threatened Turner’s eremomela. It also has many other important wildlife species including leopard and giant forest hog.
However, it is threatened by commercial logging and by over hunting and over-exploitation by poor rural communities. Pilot work by NatureKenya had shown that the communities living around South Nandi Forest were interested and able to work effectively on community conservation based programme and so the RSPB submitted an application to DFID for the current programme.