Ecosystem restoration and biodiversity enhancement.

June 14, 2017

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Kenya

Ecosystem restoration and biodiversity enhancement

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

Due to deforestation for fuel, timber & farming, we promote afforestation & agroforestry.

We afforest using both indigenous & exotic trees while most people plant only the fast growing, commercially viable Eucalyptus usually for harvest.

Our 20 acre indigenous tree cover planted over 10 years and preserved, enhances biodiversity with wildlife like birds, bees, butterflies, snakes and monkeys thriving. They use it as a migration corridor from the adjacent Saiwa Swamp National Park, contributing to tourism.

Our planned exotic trees woodlot supplies fuel and timber to the community curbing deforestation.

Agroforestry demonstrates year through subsistence food crops. We include the Moringa tree, a nutritious food source that is medicinal yet unknown to most people here. We are introducing its planting on small farms that grow only vegetables.

Environmental conservation has been viewed as for implementation by those with bigger land but we promote planting as few as 5 Moringa or fruit trees on small farms for food & nutrition, income from surplus and a wider conservation cover and effect.

Nature Element

Forests / Wetlands / Grasslands / 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 / Health / Climate action

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)

        

Environmental Impacts

Afforestation of 20 acres on 65 acres has surpassed the national target of 10% cover per property. This has contributed to the restoration of River Nzoia Basin that is in Kenya's' most degraded water tower i.e. Cherangany hills. The trees regulate evaporation, energy, temperature, rain & purifying the air.

Our forest offers homes, breeding ground & a migration corridor for wildlife e.g. birds & monkeys with butterflies indicating eco-health. Via assisted natural regeneration of indigenous trees, we sustainably reforest hundreds of thousands of trees.

We have reclaimed 5 acres wetland by planting ideal trees & bamboo on our catchment. This water flows into the nearby National Park that habits the rare aquatic Sitatunga antelope ensuring its' survival. The park is a hotspot of biodiversity including the threatened grey crowned crane & De Brazza’s monkey. Dragon flies here indicate eco-health. Our streams & ponds contribute to the rain cycle by evaporation. Control levees prevent floods.

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 guards, bee caretakers, land tillers, transporters crops and tree planters.

Indirect jobs are through middlemen and bigger organisations for honey, wax, timber, maize & vegetable processors for value addition.
We ensure nutritious food security e.g. fish & honey of which surplus is sold for income.
Trees clean up the air of pollutants leaving it fresh while the restored wetland provides clean water. Our tree cover regulates climate including rain for agriculture.
Planned woodlot trees provide fuel and timber, reducing deforestation while indigenous trees fodder reduces overgrazing of public land.
Our nature trail promotes environmental appreciation, education, physical and mental well-being.

We demonstrate and promote utilising the environment in a way that protects it for posterity's' health and wealth.

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 community participation. With the drought, we need rural & urban action.

If the rate of water & forests depletion is faster than growth, they will perish & stunt development.

Replication is being done by over 50 small scale farmers having land from as little as less than an acre. They replicate in part by implementing agroforestry, apiculture or afforestation.

The government, individuals & concerned organisations, together promote Non-Timber Forest Products enterprises to encourage environmental conservation. Capacity building in demonstration farms like ours is carried out by e.g. Kenya Forestry Services & Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. Local trainers are effective, relating well as field workers.

Replication nationally will reverse the current drought status 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 fertiliser minimises 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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