The forests of coastal Kenya are rich in natural resources and as such have become a biodiversity hotspot of global importance. The Eastern Africa Coastal Forest is under threat from illegal logging, fires, agriculture, and unsustainable charcoal production. Recognised as a conservation priority, 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. The coastal forests also play an important role in carbon sequestration and enhance local resilience to the impacts of climate change.
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.
The forests of Eastern Africa also provide a vital base for the livelihoods and multiple economic and socio-cultural activities of a population of more than 3 million, and like many other forests, it has and important cultural value to the community. The forests and people are historically and spiritually bound.
This project will primarily address initial causes of deforestation and to tackle forest conservation as part of an ecosystem approach across coastal Kenya. With our partners, WWF, Size of Wales funding will go toward Securing the ecological safety of priority areas and rich natural resources in coastal Kenya for nature, people and the economy by improving forest management, enhancing local livelihoods through sustainable business, planting trees, and enabling people to live with the forest in a less destructive manner. The project will also Secure environmentally and socially sustainable agricultural and fishing practises and production systems.
• Clearing of forests for agriculture, building materials or fuel inc charcoal production
• Poorly planned infrastructure projects
• 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
• Freshwater/marine/terrestrial ecosystems secured and populations of priority wildlife species in target places are stable/increasing.