Greening of Kijabe Project
Initially started by Mark Buhler, this project aims to:
- Plant more indigenous trees on RVA campus as well as in & around the Kijabe area.
- Make eco-friendly charcoal using exotic trees & stumps such as Eucalyptus & Black Wattle.
- Hire trustworthy local men to patrol the Forest along with the Kenya Forest Service Rangers to enforce deforestation laws & curb or even bring an end to illegal charcoal production.
We are also looking into sustainable enterprises such as Guiding, whether it’s taking birdwatchers on walks in the Forest or just providing security for those who want to explore & hike the trails around here. We’ve recently used Greening of Kijabe funds to clear the “old road” out of RVA, which leads up to the Quarry. The trail is now wide enough for mountain bikers and a great running trail with beautiful views of the Rift Valley. We hope to improve other trails in the forest, which are currently only being enjoyed by the wood cutters and charcoal burners.
This year (2012) we have seen the destructive powers of mudslides, due in major part to rampant deforestation. Giving towards this Project will ensure that the Escarpment Forest is used sustainably and continues to serve as a water catchment for the Kijabe area.
To give to this project click the following link: Kijabe Greening Project