The Mount Kenya Region is one of the most significant reserves of remaining forestland in Kenya. Mount Kenya forest over the past years has experienced massive deforestation starting from early 1970s up to late 1990s leading to loss of 30% of its forest cover. The degradation and loss of this cover is a major problem impacting ecological stability and livelihood and has attributed to loss of major biodiversity species and ecosystem function. Pasture, grass cutting and timber harvesting are the most significant resource communities members derive from the forest.
Forests are like home to millions of people around the world and they contribute livelihood to billions of people living in extreme poverty. Forest provides global food security and resources like : fodder, fuel, fruits, honey, water sources and medicine. Today majority of the communities faces a variety of ever more serious problems including, climate change, water problems, reduced crop yields, change in weather patterns and resource depletion caused by rapid population increase. Rural households depend on trees throughout their life, for timber, firewood, fodder. Kenya is home for beautiful forest but the country has lowest tree cover in Africa with 7%, Peoples livelihood, country economy and threatened species are all endangered in Mount Kenya.
Mount Kenya Environmental Conservation is an indigenous grassroots NGO that takes approach to developments by focusing on Environmental Conservation, Community empowerment’s and capacity building. One of the major focus is to continue encouraging people to manage their land in a more sustainable way, protect degraded forest land through tree planting and to make sure that forest that are still standing are protected, share their experience with others within the region and beyond. Since 2007 MKEC has created a lot of awareness to over 5,000 community members through involving them in Agro forestry and forest restoration and this has been a major accomplishment that has been made.
Mount Kenya Environmental Conservation is active and undertakes projects in the following fields of work:
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