Overcoming the Covid Storm!

The risk of getting Covid-19 is still very high. The more infectious variant is with us. Despite these dangers we hope our members remain safe and well, engaged and cheerful. We remain careful – wearing masks, washing hands and working from home when we can. Membership activities are taking place with caution.

  1. The ‘Lungs for Kenya’ Charity Golf Tournament is scheduled to take place on 23rd July 2021 at the Karen Country Club. Book your slot to participate by contacting Gloria Waswa, Membership and Marketing Manager at nkmembership@ naturekenya.org or telephone 0726 134029.
  2. Wednesday Morning and Third Sunday Bird walks have resumed. See back page for details.
  3. The Nature Kenya office is closed. However, membership can be renewed online http:// naturekenya.org/support/ membership/ or via M-pesa. Books, honey, etc. may be purchased online or with M-pesa (Paybill 100300, Account write in your purchase) and collected on Mondays or by arrangement. Ring the bell at the entrance of the office behind the galleries.
  4. Members will continue to receive an electronic version of the Nature Net
  5. The EANHS/NMK Library will be opened from 1st of July 2021. Museum galleries and sites are open to the public under Ministry of Health guidelines (as at end June 2021).

Nature Kenya conservation efforts continue locally and nationally:

In June, Nature Kenya continued actions to save species, conserve sites, encourage ecological sustainability and empower people. Key highlights include a new approach for forest landscape restoration in the Tana River Delta. Kenya targets to restore 5 million hectares of degraded landscapes. Traditional restoration approaches are based on raising trees in tree nurseries. While this still works, each tree has to be planted one by one. This is expensive and time consuming.

Nature Kenya is piloting a new approach in the Tana Delta. This involves mobilizing communities to form Village Natural Resources and Land Use Committees (VNRLUC) at 55 villages, formation of five Community Forest Associations (CFAs) and four Water Resource Users Associations (WRUAs). These groups have been trained in seed collection and together collected 5,000 kgs of seeds of a wide range of indigenous trees. When seeded in the rainy season, this may translate into 5,000 acres of land being restored.

Landscape restoration is not just about tree growing; it’s also keeping bushland areas as bush and grassland areas grassy. In the Tana Delta, 1,300 kgs of grass seed were supplied to pastoralist communities to restore livestock grazing areas.

In Mt. Kenya, CFAs located in Hombe, Kangaita, Chehe and Nanyuki planted 140,000 trees. These CFAs in Mt. Kenya have become so good in tree growing that their skills are being sought by communities from other sites in Kenya. In June, 37 local community members including five chiefs visited Mt. Kenya CFAs and were able to learn the art of tree growing for restoration and also as a business.

In Taita Hills, Arabuko-Sokoke and Dakatcha forests, 90 local community members were trained in ecosystem-based adaptation.

In Sabaki River Mouth and Arabuko- Sokoke Forest, 33 members of the Sabaki River Conservation and Development Organization (SARICODO) and Arabuko- Sokoke Forest Adjacent Dwellers Association (ASFADA) and CFAs were trained as forest scouts, have been uniformed, and are ready to patrol and protect forests.

In Mutitu and Mumoni Key Biodiversity Areas, a participatory biodiversity assessment was conducted and local community members including 16 SSG members were trained in bird monitoring.

In Yala Swamp, community sensitization meetings were held in 22 villages and Village Natural Resource and Land Use Committees (VNRLUC) formed to support the conservation of a designated Indigenous and Community Conservation Area (ICCA) in Yala Swamp.

Please support us as we work towards a greener future!

For clarifications or to report your observations on species and sites, kindly contact us through email: office@naturekenya.org or telephone: 020 3537568, 0780 149200, 0751 624312, 0771 343138

Dr. Paul Matiku,

Executive Director, Nature Kenya – the East Africa Natural History Society