The Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke forest is supporting the forest management team and specifically the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in addressing the many problems the forest has.
Some of these 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, roads, sign boarding, picnic and camp sites, education centre at Gede etc. Today much is lost or in poor repair.
- encouraging more tourists and local people to visit once the infrastructure is back in place.
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List of projects
Forest protection project
In May 2017 funding was received from the Minara and Oak foundations to form a team of 10 community scouts to patrol the forest with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and Kenya Forest Service (KFS) to ensure better protection of the forest and the wildlife through anti-poaching efforts.
In March 2018 Alia Moller the FoASF field and administrative assistant conducted a three days training course with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) on SMART data collection. This method was then implemented in April and has been used since creating a benchmark dataset for the forest.
In March 2019 the ten community scouts completed a three week training course at Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The team returned to the field with renewed determination and confidence having learnt a lot from Ol Pejeta’s expert and dedicated instructors.
For more details please follow: FoASF scout training
Following the distribution of educational leaflets to schools and teachers by FoASF, a short film was also created and shared with schools neighboring the forest in an effort to bring ownership of the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest to the future generation adjacent to the forest and further afield.
With funding from AFEW the KWS Education Centre was renovated to create an engaging and modern exhibition and learning space at Gede Forest Station in which all visitors to the forest can gain information and insight into the form and content of the forest ahead of a walk or drive into the forest itself.
FoASF were the receiving participants of the funding raised by the Kilifi Gold Triathlon in September 2018. This funding is being used during 2019 to bring school children and teachers into the Education Centre and forest to learn about conservation and the importance of the forest.
To provide an alternative means of living to the forest adjacent communities and to reduce their need to capitalise on illegal products from the forest. Creating an alternative source for food and raising awareness of the forest’s importance, will aid in reducing the current destruction local populations are having on the biodiversity of the forest.
The development of a display plantation using funding from the Blue Marmalade Supermarket, Watamu, which is currently being used to supply the local community with a low-cost source of food as well as a place to learn about sustainable methods of farming, including permaculture. Educating communities and especially the youth on alternative methods, FoASF feels is essential to the preservation of the forest.
Furthermore, FoASF have supported the Jilore Community Forest Association (CFA) in conducting a de-snaring activity. This is an extremely cost effective and productive way of engaging with the local communities and removing snares that are systematically taking out the remaining wildlife in the forest.