Through the Initiative for Sustainable Landscapes (ISLA Kenya), IDH aims to restore and conserve 60.000 hectares of the forest by 2030. We build on the interest of tea and other companies to conserve the South West Mau Forest for its microclimate services and of the Kenyan government to improve livelihoods of communities. Together we work towards a holistic landscape management as well as improved livelihoods, water, and sustainable energy.
The Mau Forest Complex in western Kenya covers an area of over 400,000 ha and is ecologically and economically critical for Kenya and parts of East Africa. More than 10 million people depend on its rivers. The forest also influences region’s micro-climate such as rainfall patterns, creating ideal conditions for the production of crops including tea. Furthermore, the area is one of Kenya’s main water towers and most of its hydroelectric power is generated here.
In the recent decades, more than 25% of the forest has either been cut down or degraded. This is caused by growing populations, livestock grazing, charcoal burning and timber extraction from the forest.
To date, we have built a strong coalition made up of the county governments; tea, energy and timber companies as well as a range of civil society and knowledge institutions.
In close collaboration with the coalition, we have now developed an integrated action plan based on three thematic building blocks:
IDH has put in place a multi-stakeholder coalition that governs the ISLA Kenya activities. The coalition is made up of companies from tea, energy and other industries, the county governments of Kericho, Nakuru and Bomet, Kenya Forest Services and other agencies, NGOs and knowledge institutions.
|ISLA Kenya calendar (Kenyan)||no type defined||2018|
|ISLA Kenya Calendar (English)||no type defined||2018|
|IDH Landscape program||Factsheet||2018|
|Progress to date in South West Mau Forest 2017||Report||2017|
|Livestock Assessment Report – South West Mau Forest, Kenya||no type defined||2017|
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This October, we started off a two-year livestock intensification project that will support forest-dependent communities increase their income levels while at the same time reducing deforestation in South West Mau Forest in Kenya.
IDH is proud to announce that Andre Dellevoet former Group CEO for the Agricultural Business Initiative in Uganda is IDH its senior Africa strategist. With his extensive experience in various African countries, working with partners such as AGRA, BMGF and SNV and numerous bilateral and multilateral agencies he is a great asset to IDH
ISLA Kenya participated in this year’s Rhino Charge event as a Venue Check-in Sponsor to increase awareness for forest conservation and increase its visibility at this event which is associated with forest and wild life protection.
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