UPPER IMENTI TREE PLANTING

06
Oct

Upper Imenti Tree Planting

The Mount Kenya Trust (MKT) works with local people, government agencies and development partners for the conservation of the unique natural resources of Africa’s second-highest mountain. The Trust has been working around the mountain for over 20 years on a range of projects including:

  • Forest restoration: Large scale reforestation of indigenous trees species at many sites, with over 1.5 million trees planted, as well as woodlots, community tree nurseries and energy saving cookstoves for homes and schools;
  • Wildlife conservation: Four anti-poaching teams based around the mountain, education projects, human-wildlife conflict mitigation, wildlife research, one-way elephant gates and the Mt Kenya Elephant Corridor that maintains landscape connectivity;
  • Water management: rainwater capture and storage, and research into over-extraction of rivers and water sources;
  • Community development: Environmental education, community health projects, income generating activities, agroforestry and sustainable farming methods.

 

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Plant 15,000 trees on Mount Kenya from anywhere in the world!

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MKT are seeking to fence and plant 15,000 trees at Upper Imenti Forest, which has been deforested and degraded over many years. The area represents an ancient and important wet-season elephant habitat.

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We have permission (but no funding!) to plant 15,000 trees at the Upper Imenti Forest in the north-eastern part of Mt. Kenya in Meru County. We want to replace the invasive and destructive Lantana camara bush with a lush indigenous forest of seedlings and provide income for local community members through the project clearing and planting.

We need to keep the ball rolling.

MKT has been working in Lower Imenti since 2017 and so far, we have planted over 310,000 trees at the adjacent site. Upper Imenti and Lower Imenti were designated as protected areas chiefly because of their value as wet-season elephant habitat. However, in the late 20th century the sites suffered from excessive habitat degradation and encroachment (Gathaara et al. 1999). The area is now overrun by the invasive, exotic Lantana camara bush that prevents indigenous tree regrowth. This bush is thick and must be removed before seedlings can be planted.

Today they are surrounded by small-scale farmland and other human settlements. The area has become a hotspot of deforestation, human elephant conflict and associated poaching incidents. We work alongside the local community to involve then in the planting, so this is a win-win for all, in the following ways:

EMPLOYMENT
The main social group that will benefit are directly are the Community Forest Associations that border Mount Kenya National Reserve. The project brings welfare benefits to the local community for labour employment (clearing weeds, digging holes, planting trees and spot weeding). The Trust also employs one community member per site to monitor and protect the seedlings, in collaboration with Kenya Forest Service.

INCOME
Women nursery groups receive payment for tree seedling purchase and seed collection. These groups are organised into micro-finance groups known as ‘table banking’. Individuals have been able to better their lives and families through this project. One group helped individuals to set up a shop, buy a pedigree cow or purchase a chaff cutter. This supports other socio-economic status by loaning out to the members.

  • How much do you want to raise? In £

$20,000 USD (approximately 15,300 GBP)

  • What would your ‘stretch target’ be?

What is this?

  • What will we do with the extra money?

The area to be planted is actually 100ha so any extra money will go into planting more trees. The target for the area is 100,000 trees.

  • Do you have a specific go live date or can I make it live straight away?

Straight away!

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