Landscape restoration and protection.

June 14, 2017

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Kenya

Landscape restoration and protection.

About the Implementing organization

Name: Green Gates Ecofarm

Country: Kenya

Year of establishment: 2007

Type of organization: Community-based association or organization / Community enterprise or business

Description

We have reclaimed 5 acres of wetland restoring the ecological integrity by planting aquatic trees, shrubs & bamboo. This restores biodiversity & ability to mitigate climate change. Wildlife thrives here with presence of dragon flies indicating a healthy ecosystem.

By erecting control levees, we regulate water flow & prevent siltation & sedimentation downstream ensuring clean water for humans & wildlife.

Being hilly & prone to soil erosion, we afforest on bench terraces & conservation till promoting soil quality & quantity.

Rapid degradation of riparian zones around Saiwa Swamp National Park has threatened the existence of the rare aquatic Sitatunga Antelope. This is through deforestation and drainage leading to scarcity of water, floods, reduction of the Sitatunga population & destruction of the threatened grey crowned cranes breeding ground affecting tourism.

 

Restoration of our wetland has allowed continuous water flow & regulated our climate unlike 80 % of our riparian neighbors. Some even ask us to allow them to use out water flow for aqua-farming but they are upstream. Due to the visible advantages of biodiversity, cooler climate, income and food generation from our ponds and nature trail, we have many within the community now restoring their landscapes.

We are the only site available offering free of charge use for outdoor education for schools and interested conservation groups.

We aim at positive behavior change towards the environment with benefits evidence.

Nature Element

Wetlands / Wildlife

Type of Action

Protection / Restoration / Sustainable use / Access and benefit sharing / Awareness and education

Sustainable Development Element

Jobs and livelihoods / Food security / Water security / Climate action

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)

    

Environmental Impacts

The reclaimed 5 acres of wetland has improved the ecological integrity restoring biodiversity & ability to mitigate climate change. Wildlife thrives here with presence of dragon flies indicating a healthy ecosystem.

The control levees regulate water flow & prevent siltation & sedimentation downstream ensuring clean water for humans & wildlife even within the Saiwa Swamp National park.

Bench terracing and conservation tilling on gulleys and hills curbs soil erosion and improves the soil quality and quantity.

Allowing natural regeneration sustainably conserves the wetland. Lack of awareness leads some farmers to destroy natural regenerated seedlings assuming they are weeds.

Having restored and preserved the vegetation, the wetlands' natural processes are maintained including acting as sinks for carbon dioxide and other green house gases.

The microclimate here is human and wildlife friendly.

Sustainable Development Impacts

We create jobs with income improving livelihoods for sustainable development. Employees can provide for their families’ food, health & education.80 direct jobs include aqua farmers, agro foresters, tree planters, nursery tenders, land tillers and transporters. Indirect jobs are through middlemen and bigger organizations for honey and vegetables processors for value addition.  We ensure nutritious food security e.g. fish, vegetables and honey. Trees clean up the air of pollutants leaving it fresh while the restored wetland provides clean water as a community incentive  Indigenous trees and shrubs provide fodder reducing overgrazing of public land, forests and wetlands. Our nature trail promotes environmental conservation education, appreciation, physical and mental well being.

We demonstrate and promote utilizing the environment in a way that does not diminish it for posterity.

 

 

Scalability

Cherangany water tower is the most degraded in Kenya, requiring restoration. It provides water to over 1 million people for sanitation, drinking & farming. The government is focusing on saving it via locals’ participation.
If the rate of wetland degradation is faster than growth or retention, they will dry & stunt development.

Replication is when the community with land is enlightened enough to allot land to this purpose. Small scale farmers on riparian zones are encouraged to practice conservation while engaging in eco friendly enterprises e.g. aqua farming & bee keeping for income.
The government, individuals & concerned organizations, together promote Non Timber Forest Products enterprises to encourage conservation. Capacity building in demonstration farms like ours is carried out by e.g. Kenya Forestry Service & Ministry of Fisheries. Local trainers are effective, relating well as field workers.

Replication nationally will reverse water scarcity & inaccessibility for posterity.

Replicability

Successful replication of our integration farming model can & is being done within the Cherangany villages in Kenya by over 50 small scale farmers having land from as little as less than an acre. They replicate in part by implementing agroforestry, apiculture, afforestation or wetland reclamation.

We could successfully replicate to other parts of the County and Countries through participatory demonstration, to ensure evidence for buy in and share relevant indigenous knowledge and skills. Local trainers are effective as they relate well and work as field workers. Capacity building by professionals should always be incorporated to advice depending on the locality.

Promoting the use of recycled materials e.g. cow dung & chicken mash for fertilizer minimizes costs hence achievable.

Setting up a website and social media can create awareness and replication at a global scale.

Replication of our initiative will improve livelihoods while conserving the environment to combat climate change.

 

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