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Mount Kenya forest restoration and community livelihoods improvement

Currently, the area of the Mount Kenya experiences advancing deforestation, i.e. the shrinkage of forests caused by local people who use wood as their primary source of fuel. The local community is extremely poor and makes its living by running small farms and foraging. It consists mainly of small farmers who live in very harsh conditions and generate minor profits from their farms. The area of Embu is one of the mostly disfavoured areas in Kenya.

The local community of Embu uses over 50 tonnes of wood fuel per day for cooking, which amounts to 1,500 tonnes per month. Moreover, wood is used as a construction material. It poses a significant threat to the local forest. Farmers are not accustomed to creating plant nurseries next to their households for their own needs.

This project is connected with previous projects of the mission aimed at both preventing deforestation and increasing the quality of life of local population. Those projects consisted in providing the community located in the vicinity of Embu with energy efficient stoves, as a result of which, among others, the demand for wood from the local forest decreased. The residents also received seedlings to carry out reforestation. The projects will help significantly limit deforestation of the Mount Kenya area and improve living conditions of the residents.

Mount Kenya forest restoration and community livelihoods improvement

The project is scheduled to be implemented from 15 July to 15 December 2016 in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Nairobi and its local partner, a non-governmental organization “Trees for the Future and Agroforestry”. The project will make it possible to restore the degraded forest stand on Mount Kenya. Local farmers will receive their own source of fuel, construction materials, food for animals and fertiliser. Moreover, the project will help raise awareness of farmers concerning the harmful impact of deforestation and encourage them to create their own plant nurseries next to their households. Schools will also receive their own timber, which will be used for construction purposes or as fuel.

The project provides for planting 11,000 fruit tress (mango, avocado, tomatoes) to enrich the residents' diet, lacking fruit and vegetables. They will also obtain an additional source of income by selling the fruit. Moreover, 20,000 fodder trees will be planted for farmers who keep the livestock to serve as food for animals. Consequently, milk and meat production on farms will increase.

 The community residing in the area of the Mount Kenya, whose life and work are connected with the forest, will be the primary beneficiary of the project. This community includes, among others, 1,000 community farms'' members, 2,000 small farmers producing milk and meat as well as 1,500 small farmers making their living by cultivating the land. There are also 10 schools in the area.

The value of the project amounted to PLN 97,000 (approximately EUR 23,200) and PLN 80,000 (approximately EUR 19,000) was covered by the Polish Aid's funds. For the purposes of calculation, the following exchange rate was applied: EUR 1 = PLN 4.1749.

Mount Kenya forest restoration and community livelihoods improvement

The project was implemented from 1 August to 15 December 2016. It provided for the purchase of equipment necessary to establish plant nurseries and for preparing 12,900 trees ready to be planted. The seedlings were transported to the reforestation site and planted. Thanks to the project, part of the forest in the area of Mount Kenya was rebuilt and various seedlings were distributed among the local community, thus increasing their food diversification and offering an additional source of income.