In February 2018 Alia Moller joined our team. She has been putting together excellent monthly reports for our funders and stakeholders. In April we have decided to put each monthly report on our website for the public, as well as our supporters, to see the work Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest are doing to protect this amazing forest.
Below please find an advertisement for a community liaison officer to oversee the Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke community scout team in the Arabuko-Sokoke forest.
Community Liaison Officer – Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest
KFS/KWS offices Gede entrance to Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, Watamu
Contract: six months
Deadline for applications:
10 August 2019
Community liaison officer
To oversee the Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest community scout teams, working alongside Kenya Forest Service and Kenya Wildlife Service.
Liaise with the authorities and communities around Arabuko-Sokoke Forest.
Be an ambassador for Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke with all stakeholders.
Send your application and CV by 10 August 2019 by email to: email@example.com
Please give names of two referees for be contacted.
In June 40 pairs of socks were donated by ForRangers for the FoASF scouts.
Thank you to the ForRangers team, a dedicated group of individuals raising money for the welfare of rangers who risk their lives daily to protect Africa’s endangered species.
A special thanks to Pete Newland and Sam Taylor.
Malindi Watamu Biosphere Reserve has been renamed to Malindi Watamu Arabuko Sokoke Biosphere Reserve. This was officially announced at the 31st session of the Man and Biosphere International Coordinating Council (MAB-ICC) that took place from 17 to 21 June in Paris, France. Biosphere reserves are areas of terrestrial and coastal/marine ecosystems which are internationally recognised within the framework of UNESCO’s Programme on Man and the Biosphere (MAB) under the Statutory Framework of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
There are six other biosphere reserves in Kenya. These are;
Mount Kenya, 1978
Mount Kulal, 1978
Amboseli, including Namanga Forest, 1991Mount Elgon, 2003
KFS Jilore Forester Mr. Ochi with assistance from the Jilore Community Forest Association (CFA) Chairman Mr. Thoya facilitated a replanting activity in the burnt area of the Jilore sector/reserve of the forest.
FoASF decided to fund the project due to the strong possibility of squatters.
FoASF assisted with employment of casuals from the local community and fuel for transporting the seedlings from the KFS Lango Baya nursery to the planting site.
The activity was conducted on 27th and 28th May. A total of 1,834 seedlings were donated by the KFS Jilore station and planted over a 4.5-hectare area of burnt forest. As it happens, when starting the activity it was noted that farmers had started planting maize which was encroaching onto forest land.
Species included: 20 x Brachylaena huillensis (Silver oak), 850 x Milicia excelsa (African teak), 550 x Afzelia quanzensis (Pod mahogany), 10 x Majidea zanguebarica (Velvet-Seed tree), 400 x Senna siamea (Cassia tree) and 4 x Terminalia spinosa (Spiny terminalia).
Many thanks to all the participants involved and to KFS for overseeing and coordinating the project.
The World Migratory Bird Day was celebrated on 11th May at the Mida Creek.
The theme for this years event was to ‘Protect birds: be the solution to plastic pollution’.
Mida creek was selected as the venue to host the celebrations because of its vastness and the high populations of northern migrants that frequent the creek.
The event was hosted by Nature Kenya and the Mida Creek Conservation and Awareness group, together with Arabuko Sokoke Forest Adjacent Dwellers Association (ASFADA), Gede Community Forest Association, Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, Kenya Forest Service and Kenya Wildlife Service.
The program started with a bird watching event in the creek, guided by guides from ASFGA and MCCAG. After regathering, a beach clean up was conducted, which was ended by a huge rain storm. All participants gathered inside for speeches from the hosting members. Once the storm broke, the group gathered to plant mangroves. It was an enjoyable and fun day of teaching and celebrations. Thank you to all.
We are delighted to present the Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest’s first annual review for 2018.
We hope you enjoy it and look forward to an even better 2019.
If you have questions or any feedback it would be great to hear from you.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Friends are invited to join our beautiful biodiversity walk on Saturday 27 April, meeting at 6.30 am at Kenya Wildlife Service headquarters at the Gede entrance to the forest.
The walks last about three hours and are gentle strolls stopping to observe flora and fauna.
In March 2019 FoASF donated a 153 fence posts to the Kenya Wildlife Service to urgently replace a 1.5km stretch of fence line running from Arabuko to the Kakuyuni area. In April the poles were placed and numbered.
A total of 6000 poles need replacing. FoASF continue to raise funds for new posts. To donate one post only costs Ksh 1,500/-. Please contact us if you are interested in donating.