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Agroforestry, an environmental sustainability initiative, Kenya

Requested by

International Centre For Environment,Social and Policy Studies (ICESPS)

Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?

The East Africa Business Summit (2003) identified massive deforestation as one of the most critical environmental crises facing all East African countries. For instance, Kenya’s forest cover declined from 30% of land area in the 1960s to less than 2% at present. Many factors have contributed to this, including but not limited to: illegal logging to meet huge demands for fuel, wood, charcoal, carving, in addition to clearing of land for human settlement and agriculture.

The statistics on the rates of tree planting (the supply) and tree consumption (the demand) in Africa-Kenya are depressing. For instance, to achieve sustainable supply of tree products and services in Africa-Kenya, over 200 million trees should be planted annually but less than 35 million get planted, while an estimated 65% of the national demand for wood goes unmet. Current tree planting efforts are severely constrained by a lack of good quality seed and slow, inefficient traditional propagation methods.

What is your project and how will it help?

The major challenge in Africa-Kenya is to massively and progressively increase tree planting in a way that is sustainable, supports income generation (wherever possible) for small-scale groups and grass-root communities – with an eye on the long-term vision of increasing the country’s forest cover and conserving the environment. Examples of organized, small-scale and grass-root communities that can be supported and empowered to spearhead and expand tree planting include schools, churches, women groups, youth groups, wood carvers and charcoal makers.

- Project to start off in one region (e.g. Karura Forest Nairobi) and progressively roll out to other regions

- Initial 20 primary and secondary schools to be selected for participation using defined criteria to be designed as part of the project proposal

- Each school to plant at least 5000 seedlings within a period of 2-3 years

How can other people partner with you on your project?

We are partnering with the Retired Pastors for Mission in the implementation of this project. Other people can also partner with us by checking our website, seeing whether our activities coincide with theirs.

Please detail the resources that you need.

The International Centre for Environment, Social and Policy Studies is respectfully requesting a grant of the amount of US $ 30,000 for our project.
(See attached document for budget)

Further information

Contact details

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Partnership types

Project funding; Provision of services / personnel

Regions / countries / territories

Africa: Kenya

Global issues

Agriculture, aquaculture and forestry; Community development; Environment and all (4)


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