The Arabuko-Sokoke forest is recognised as one of Kenya’s most valuable natural assets and has been ranked as the second most important forest for conservation of threatened bird species in Africa. The Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke forest is supporting the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in addressing the many problems the forest has.
Some of the areas the Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest is beginning to help the management team address are:
- stopping illegal logging which unfortunately is prevalent.
- stopping illegal poaching of all animals including elephant, which is increasing.
- raising funds to help with the upkeep of nature trails, sign boarding, a tree house, picnic and camp sites, visitor centre at Gede, etc. Today much is lost or in poor repair. Nonetheless, seven guides available to visitors offer extraordinary knowledge and make a trip into Sokoke a magical experience.
- encouraging more tourists and local people to visit once the infrastructure is back in place
The friends work with like minded people for the conservation of the forest ecosystem for enhanced ecosystems services for humanity and more so the communities dwelling adjacent to the forest.