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Enhancing vulture conservation in the Mara and beyond

September 28, 2023

By Brian Otiego and David Odhiambo Often misunderstood and unappreciated, vultures play a crucial role in scavenging and disposing of carcasses and consequently preventing zoonotic disease outbreaks. Despite their importance, many vulture species have recorded population declines. Kenya hosts eight vulture species: White-backed, White-headed, Rüppell’s, Lappet-faced, Hooded, Egyptian, Bearded (Lammergeier) and Palm-nut vultures. Four species […]

IBA in Focus: Cherangani Hills

September 28, 2023

By Joshua Sese The Cherangani Hills Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) on the western ridge of the Rift Valley, traverses across Elgeyo Marakwet, Trans Nzoia, and West Pokot counties.  Cherengani Hills KBA is characterized by an undulating terrain with steep hills and a series of expansive indigenous forests, savanna and grassland habitats. The site is part […]

Africa Climate Summit summary

September 28, 2023

Nairobi hosted the inaugural Africa Climate Summit (ACS23) on September 4-6, 2023. Organized by the African Union and hosted by the Government of Kenya, the Summit brought together 17 African Heads of State and Government and other leaders from across the continent and globe, including the Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres and the […]

Youth taking lead in community-based adaptation to climate change in Yala

August 1, 2023

By Emily Mateche As the world reels from droughts, floods, heat waves and wildfires, the global focus is shifting towards green agricultural practices to cope with the effects of climate change. Climate-smart agriculture is emerging as one of the sustainable farming alternatives. And farming, long regarded as a preserve of the middle-aged and elderly, is […]

Sunday Birdwatch in Gatamaiyu Forest

August 1, 2023

By Richard Kipngeno July’s Sunday Birdwatch destination – Gatamaiyu Forest – caught the attention of many of our readers. This was a new site since the resumption of our bird walks after the Covid pandemic.  As we approached Limuru junction on July 16, heavy fog engulfed the road. One could hardly see what lay a […]

Conserving Arabuko-Sokoke Forest – the economic perspective

August 1, 2023

By Francis Kagema Arabuko-Sokoke Forest in Kilifi County is a miracle of resilience. Despite being surrounded by over 135,000 resource-needy local people, the 420km2 coastal lowland forest ecosystem has survived, remaining more or less unchanged over the years. A cost-benefit assessment conducted in 2007 concluded that from a community perspective, Arabuko-Sokoke Forest only offers ‘marginal’ […]

KBA in Focus: Kaya Gandini

August 1, 2023

By Joshua Sese Kaya forests are sacred sites revered and cherished by the Mijikenda community living on the Kenyan Coast. Kaya forests served as important social and spiritual centres for the community, where they conducted rituals, ceremonies, and communal gatherings, while also using them as burial grounds for esteemed ancestors. One such site is the […]

What a Morning! Birding in Dakatcha Woodland KBA in June

July 3, 2023

By Fleur Ng’weno and Adam Scott Kennedy Clarke’s Weaver, Ploceus golandi, also called Kilifi Weaver because it’s only found in Kilifi County, had not been seen – or at least reported – in 2023. On the Global Big Day of birding in May, it was missing both in Arabuko-Sokoke Forest and Dakatcha Woodland. After five […]

Grass Seed Banks for restoration in Tana River Delta

July 3, 2023

By Rudolf Makhanu On an open piece of land at Sofia village, Tana River Delta, lies a seed bed planted with grass. Grass is a critical part of our environment, and especially here in Tana Delta, where great herds of cattle graze. Villagers manage the 15-ha pasture seed bank planted with four varieties of grass. […]

KBA in Focus: Masinga Reservoir

July 3, 2023

By Timothy Mwinami and Joshua Sese Masinga Reservoir Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) is the largest water impoundment along the upper Tana River. It is part of the Seven Forks Hydroelectric Power Generation Scheme aimed at harnessing the water resources of the Tana River for multiple purposes, including power generation, irrigation, and water supply. The Kenya […]