This project aims to put in place a participatory system for conservation of the biodiversity and cultural values of the Kwale Forests. In the process, sustainable social and economic developments for the surrounding communities will be elaborated and implemented. This involves forest management for improved conservation of globally-threatened species in three forest landscapes in Kwale District.
Good Woods component of the Eastern Africa Coastal Forests Ecoregion Programme
The ‘Good Woods’ initiative was started in July 2002 by WWF /People and Plants Initiative (PPI) with the long term goal of conserving critical forest habitats in Kenya. It put in place an incentive to enable wood carvers to shift reliance from traditionally preferred indigenous hardwoods species, particularly Mpingo (African black wood) and Muhuhu (Mahogany), to farm grown tree species. The reliance on indigenous tree species had led degradation of East African forests.
The Matumbi/Kichi Hills contain significant areas of lowland coastal forest and support concentrations of locally endemic and red-listed plants and animals. These forests are also linked to the south to the Selous Game Reserve and also act as refuges for populations of large savanna woodland mammals. This project seeks to capitalise on previous WWF and IUCN investment into the area through completing the process of declaration of proposed forest reserves containing significant biodiversity values, and by working with local communities will also identify smaller remaining patches of forest that could be conserved within Village Forest Reserves.
Chirinzene sacred forest, which is located in Chicumbane Administrative Post, in Xai-Xai District, in
Mlola Forest Reserve covers a narrow strip of land on the eastern side of
The whole of the former Zaraninge Forest Reserve has been included in the newly established