This campaign is to raise funds to set up a nursery and greenhouse for a reforestation project using indigenous seedlings. Costs are for construction materials, rainwater collection tank and irrigation piping.
About the project:
Part of the eastern Afromontane biodiversity hotspot, this dry upland forest straddles the eastern wall of the Great Rift Valley. The forest provides hydrological services to an estimated 200,000 people in the catchment area, as well as carbon storage, soil stabilization, and forest products such as fuelwood, seeds, and honey. It was historically connected to the Kikuyu Escarpment Forest Reserve but has become geographically isolated due to encroachment and has been largely unmanaged for the past three decades. Deforestation has caused erosion and severe mudslides on the steep slopes in recent years.
What we're doing
We are working on four fronts: curbing illegal logging and charcoal-making by expanding patrols of Kijabe Forest using local community members trained as rangers; restoring degraded forest areas by planting indigenous seedlings; training community members in sustainable income generating activities; and putting in place payments for ecosystem services agreements with institutional beneficiaries of Kijabe Forest, including a hospital and private school.