Environmental Conservation Awareness

Trees for the Future and Agroforestry Organization, carries out environmental education to create awareness on the importance of environment, ecosystem and sustainable livelihoods. The awareness program targets communities and schools to understand the benefits in management of natural resources, climate change and participatory resources management.

Environmental conservation awareness nurtures skills, knowledge, change behavior and bring environmental responsive citizens. Environmental conservation awareness usually brings the followings results;

  • Increase and enhance public awareness and participation on environmental conservation within communities and schools.
  • Create awareness on link between biodiversity and sustainable livelihoods.
  • Help community to take care of their environment

TFTFAO gathers community members together where they learn skills on conservation; the communities also get training manuals which usually helps them to gain knowledge on conservation.

Reforestation

Trees for the Future and Agorofrestry Organization (TFTFAO), has been working with groups made up of community members from Embu and Tharaka Nithi counties undertake forest restoration programs through tree planting activities as well as sensitizing them on reporting any illegal activities taking place inside the forest. Forests cover approx 2.8% of Kenya’s total land area is dominated by closed canopy indigenous forests (about 1.24m ha) and forest plantations (about 0.135m ha). Forest contributes to national economy and local livelihoods as well as providing environmental security and ecological stability, the forest estates provide the local communities with energy sources, construction materials, foods, medicinal plants and socio-cultural satisfaction. An estimated 3 million forest adjacent dwellers directly depend on forest resources to meet their basic household requirements. Forest cover loss and degradation are caused by communities living near the forest who undertake activities like agricultural land expansion, illegal land excision, Overgrazing, Wildlife damage – especially elephants and Charcoal trade. TFTFAO support these groups by supporting them with tree nurseries equipments, potting tubes and seeds which are raised in the nurseries and out planted in degraded forest lands. Forest restorations have various benefits which includes;

  • Offsetting CO2 emission
  • Reduce poverty
  • Provide wildlife habitats
  • Significant community benefits  – education & new skills, providing employment
  • Water regulation provided via groundwater recharge
  • Poverty reduction through employment creation by communities raising and transplanting seedlings
  • Water catchment areas will be conserved providing water/food security
  • Birds, butterflies and other wildlife habitats will be conserved and others created
  • Bees attracted by the trees in flowering seasons will benefit the community through sale of honey hence reduce poverty
  • Ecotourism will be promoted with better forests giving alternative occupation to those previously engaging in destructive forest activities
  • The pastoral communities will have pastures for their animals during drought times
  • The trees also assist in the prevention and control of soil erosion

Our organization has facilitated planting of different tree species such as Croton macrostachys, Spathodea companulata, Szyzgium gunineeses, Prunus Africana, Podocarpus falcatus and Olea africana. Major objectives of forest restoration are managing natural forests to ensure sustainable supply of various environmental goods and services as well as  Restoration of degraded forest areas through enrichment planting and protection for natural regeneration, both national and county council forests.

School greening project

Trees for the Future and Agroforestry Organization, support greening of school programs through provision of tree seedlings to be planted in school by school pupils, most schools from Kisii , Embu and Tharaka nithi counties have benefited from the programs. The schools have also been trained on how to establish tree nurseries as well as creating woodlots.  Schools greening projects is providing many benefits to schools which include;

  • Shade
  • Protect school from strong winds which sometimes destroy classes.
  • Fuelwood and building materials
  • Offset carbon
  • Provide fresh air to school pupils

Our organization is also coming up with an initiative of one tree one pupils where by each and every pupils will receive seedling to plant at home. Each pupil who benefit from this program is able to voluntarily offset his carbon.