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A community initiative for the protection, conservation and rehabilitation of a spectacular pocket of indigenous highland forest in Kenya.
Who are Eburru Rafiki?
Eburru Rafiki is a small but purposeful Community Based Organisation (CBO) that has a special place in the rejuvenation of Eburru Forest. Established in 2016, they work tirelessly to:
• plant indigenous trees in degraded sections of the forest
• protect the rich biodiversity of wildlife living in the forest
• improve livelihoods of forest edge communities
• promote the forests as a wilderness attraction to be visited and celebrated by all
Eburru Rafiki relies on generous donor support to carry out its community and conservation projects.
Where is Eburru Forest?
Eburru Forest covers the slopes of Mount Eburru, a geologically active volcanic massif which towers up from Kenya’s Great Rift Valley directly north of Lake Naivasha.
Why should we conserve Eburru Forest?
Eburru Forest is under threat from illegal logging, charcoal production, poaching for bush-meat, firewood collection and the challenges of human-wildlife conflict. It desperately needs protection.
Why? Because it is a gem of priceless value that we must preserve for future generations:
• Eburru Forest is a rich pillar of biodiversity. Over 60 mammal species live within the forest and it is a refuge for highland forest birds. It is home to many magnificent old trees including threatened species now rarely found outside of protected areas. Eburru Forest is also one of the last remaining wild habitats of the critically endangered Mountain Bongo, of which fewer than 120 are thought to live in the wild.
• Eburru Forest makes up part of the Mau Eburru Forest Complex, which plays a vital role as a water tower. Kenya’s forest cover has declined alarmingly in recent decades, with little over 2% of the country’s land area as forest. This is below the critical threshold for maintaining climate stability and water security. Kenya’s last remaining pockets of highland forest are of critical national importance. The lives and livelihoods of most Kenyans depend on them. By holding rainwater like giant living sponges, they ensure rivers and streams can keep flowing, even over prolonged dry spells. Not to mention their role in carbon storage, preventing soil erosion, replenishing groundwater…the list goes on. We NEED highland forests.
• Eburru Forest is an incredible wilderness attraction. Located within easy reach of urban centres, the recreational potential is enormous. Eburru Rafiki encourages people to visit the forest and soak up the benefits of its stunning natural scenery and wildlife. They have an annual membership programme for unlimited free access to the forest, where hiking, picnics and wild camping can be enjoyed.
How can you help?
All donations directly fund:
• Indigenous tree planting programme in the forest
• Regular de-snaring patrols throughout the forest
• Tree nurseries in local communities and schools (from whom they purchase seedlings)
• Community awareness campaigns
• Support for sustainable farming methods and non-exploitative forest activities
• Maintenance of tracks and hiking trails for visitors to enjoy
Since the completion of the 43 km Rhino Ark fence around the state forest boundary, Eburru Rafiki has been able to successfully initiate a range of conservation projects.