In October FoASF received funding from Nature Kenya for the purchase of 35 fence posts from Komaza in Kilifi. The posts were delivered and handed over to KWS on 22 November.
Important Biodiversity Areas (IBA’s)
An induction workshop on monitoring Important Biodiversity Areas (IBA’s) coastal region was held on 13 November at the Jamii Villas. The workshop was facilitated by Nature Kenya and National Museums of Kenya (NMK).
The workshop provided an overview of the IBA monitoring framework in Kenya and within the different Government agencies as well as guidance on how to correctly fill in the Basic Monitoring Form (BMF) highlighting the various conservation activities conducted in the various IBA sites.
Thirty-five participants from KWS, KFS, Nature Kenya, NMK, County Government, FoASF, Kaya Forests, Community and Mida Creek Conservation Group (MCCG) attended the workshop.
Community conservation awareness meeting
On 19 November, FoASF liaison officer Joseph Kanundu attended a meeting organised by FoASF committee member Sammy Safari, raising awareness on the conservation of the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest. The area assistant chief, KWS Sargent Tinga and 50 members of the local community attended the talk.
Planting with the Kenya Forest Service
On 1 November FoASF liaison officer attended this year’s KFS short rains planting launch at Pwani University College, Kilifi.
Participants included representatives from KEFRI, KFS, Pwani University, the Kenya navy, Kilifi county and Gede CFA. A total of 4300 seedlings were planted. Thank you to KFS for organising this event.
On 21 November, KFS, in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Services, Youth and Gender Affairs through support from the Malindi Muslim Society and Uwezo, planted 500 indigenous tree seedlings in the Magangani area.
Participants included KWS Arabuko, FoASF liaison officer and the Gede CFA. Speeches were given by KFS Assistant Ecosystems Coordinator, Elvis Fondo and the guest of honor – the permanent secretary from the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs.
CThe Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest are looking to recruit a field and administration manager to administer and help run the Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest.
The post is on a one-year extendable contract with a three-month trial period starting in mid-February 2020.
For a detailed job description and more information please see the attached document
Please apply to email@example.com with your curriculum vitae and two references, which will be taken up.
The closing date for applications is Friday 3 January 2020 with interviews in mid-January 2020.
Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest
The Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest is a non-for-profit company limited by guarantee. It looks to support the forest management team and specifically the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and its partners in addressing the problems the forest has.
This includes stopping illegal logging which unfortunately is prevalent: stopping illegal poaching of animals: to help with the upkeep of nature trails, roads, sign boarding, picnic and camp sites, and assisting with education projects.
The winners of the Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke/Kilifi Gold Triathlon education programme awards: Christine Salama Charo her teacher Samson Kazungu Chengo from Girimacha Primary School, Aisha Nyamvula her teacher Agnes Kananu Njuri from Bambakofi Academy, Selina Sifa Kahindi; her teacher Patricia Nyale; from Mkongani Primary School visited Tsavo East National Park on Monday 4 November.
The team left KWS Gede at 5.50am arriving Tsavo East National Park at 7.45am had breakfast and started their six-hour game drive. They saw much wildlife including lion, elephants, crocodiles, hippos, giraffes, gazelles, zebras as well as many birds and other flora and fauna. They also learned facts about the Sabaki River. The students and their teachers all agreed that this had been an unforgettable experience and were very grateful to the organisers.
They were accompanied by KWS researcher at Gede, Lynn Njeri Njuguna, who was the initiator and behind the education programme sponsored by the Kilifi Triathlon with help from African Fund for Endangered Wildlife says she is delighted nearly 1400 children from 37 schools from around the forest had been brought into the forest.
Ker and Downey Safaris donated three tents to FoASF in October. These tents were handed to the KFS Jilore station, who plan to spend more time camping inside the forest and patrol from there.
Thank you to Ker and Downey for their generous donation and in particular to Paolo Parazzi and to Julia Horne for arranging for her driver to pick two up and deliver them to Malindi.