Forests of coastal Kenya

Recognised as a globally important conservation priority, the Eastern Africa Coastal Forest is under threat from illegal logging, fires, agriculture, and unsustainable charcoal production. The small forest remnants that make up the Coastal Forests of Eastern Africa cover less than 2% of the total land area of the region yet contain remarkable levels of biodiversity.

Huge numbers of the plants and animals that live here are found nowhere else on earth. These endemic species include bush babies, the Tana River mangabey and the Zanzibar red colobus monkey. The open savannah surrounding the forest is home to some of Africa’s most threatened large animals, including the elephant and rhino.

This project will improve forest management; enhance local livelihoods through sustainable business, planting trees, and enabling people to live with the forest in a less destructive manner.


Threats:


• Clearing of forests for agriculture, building materials or fuel inc charcoal production
• Poorly planned infrastructure projects


Achievements:


• 6,000 trees planted
• Positive impacts to reduce human-wildlife conflicts (inc. game moats and chilli planting)
• Local governments (Kwale & Kilifi) are increasing investment in conservation work.
• Significant progress in efforts to legally protect Aweer sacred sites
• Local community members voice being heard at local and national management meetings

Hectares:


737,978


UK Partner:



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