Kenya Reforestation

Nearly 500,000 trees planted in Kenya

Last updated September 13th, 2020

Tackling mismanagement of diverse forest ecosystems

Kenya is an incredibly beautiful place from the creativity of the people to its diversity of its landscapes and wildlife. From the highlands to the coast, Kenya has an incredible diversity of forest types that have long-supported communities and wildlife. The cultural and ecological heritage of Kenya’s forests is vibrant and unique, but the management of them in recent decades has been unsustainable.

Eden’s work around the world aims to alleviate poverty and restore socio-ecological systems through intensive reforestation work in a variety of forest habitats. From empowering women to sequestering carbon, the impact of the work is multifaceted. The need and enthusiasm for reforestation in Kenya is great. From the highlands to the coast, Kenya has an incredible diversity of forest types that have long-supported communities and wildlife. The cultural and ecological heritage of Kenya’s forests is vibrant and unique, but the management of them in recent decades has been unsustainable.

Eden are planting thousands of trees in The Great Rift Valley and the Northern Coast in Kenya. To date nearly 500 thousand trees have been planted in Kenya and 5000 working days created for local villagers.

 

The Carbon Impact

By planting trees, you can be sure of your carbon impact. Trees capture and permanently store carbon dioxide from the air in their trunks. Capturing CO2 from the air is how they grow; it is nature’s solution to climate change. All we need do is plant the trees and give them room to grow. Reduce My Footprint works to ensure that your trees capture enough CO2 to offset your lifestyle according to your subscription plan

 

The Approach to Reforestation

One of the key reasons we have chosen to partner with Eden is because of their holistic approach to reforestation. Their approach follows four key steps.

  1. Identify and partner with local villages that are committed to restoring their forests
  2. Hire and train local villagers to plant new trees
  3. Villagers carry out reforestation work
  4. Villages protect their new forest because they have a vested interest (in addition to legal protections provided by local and national governments)

This approach means that not only is the reforestation work done well and rigorously, but it also provides local jobs and gains the support of the local community. Using this method Eden has achieved a seedling survival rate of >80%.

Over time the forests themselves become self-sustaining and begin to naturally grow even more trees. The good deed of planting trees ripples out to create even greater impact. Your subscription to Reduce My Footprint considers the further natural forestation as additional to your impact

 

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