Tree planting /Establishment of tree nurseries

 

Trees are important in supporting livelihood as well in environmental regulation. Trees provide fuel, timber, food for humans, foliage and shelter to wildlife as well as being crucial to the hydrological cycle and providing oxygen. 

Increase demand for wood fuel and timber due to rising human population has led to massive deforestation degrading the land. The problem is further fueled by poverty, drought and lack of gainful livelihood forcing the rural community to cut down trees for wood fuel (charcoal) as a means of survival.

The cutting down of trees leaves the land bare, exposing it to soil erosion, land degradation and associated environmental problems of pollution, climate change and desertification. This situation is a big problem in the Tsavo Conservation Area.

 

Amara Conservation engages with the local community to create understanding about the importance of trees and provide a means to address deforestation. The first step in this approach is to educate the communities living in rural villages on the implications of removing trees. Once they have an understanding of why trees are important, they need a solution to repairing the damage already done. Replanting trees!

Giving someone the rationale behind a task or project gives the individual more buy-in. They are more likely to carry out tasks, and care for its success when they understand the “how” and ‘why’ behind the ‘what’.

We teach the local community and school children to prepare seedbeds, collect seeds from indigenous trees, plant, water and protect the seedlings. We have found that they truly care for the plants much more than if we were to give them seedlings or plant them ourselves.

The Tsavo West National Park is a section of one of the largest wildlife conservancies on the planet, as well as one of Kenya’s largest wildlife national parks. It is well-known for its resident population of Red Elephants as well as the tale of the Tsavo Man-eaters. Unfortunately, most of the communities bordering these parks have never had a chance to visit them due to the cost. For these reasons Amara organizes game drives with Purdue University students each year into Tsavo West National Park. We also encourage children to form Wildlife Clubs and embrace their wildlife and environment. This year Mrabenyi Secondary School in Taita Taveta County had the opportunity to tour the vast Park and interact with the University students from USA.

 

tHistorically, the Tsavo Area is renowned for the Man-eaters of Tsavo, two mane-less lions who developed a taste to prey on humans back in the early 1900’s (various reasons are cited for this, one recently being that they suffered from tooth decay and pain that made hunting difficult for them!). Although they were later shot, they killed many people that were constructing the railway line connecting Mombasa and Nairobi. Additionally, it was the main battlefield between the Germans and the Britons in Africa in the course of World War I. Currently the area is very peaceful and is now famous for its resident Red-colored Elephants, that enjoy dust-bathing in the red colored soil. The serene environment of Tsavo comes mainly with thorny bushland, open grasslands and among the most beautiful scenic areas are; the Yatta plateau, the World’s longest lava flow stretching 290km; Mzima springs; Shetani Lava Flow; Chaimu Hill; and Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary.

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