KENVO runs forest restoration programs. For instance, a project dubbed “Greening Kereita” is a tree planting initiative that aims at restoring degraded forest sites. A total of 600 hectares has been planted with a mix of indigenous trees.
KENVO, through various partnerships, has made tremendous steps in restoring and facilitating the regeneration of indigenous forests within Kiambu County since 2001. KENVO works directly with eight (8) Community Forest Associations (CFAs) within the Kikuyu Escarpment to restore conserve and re-forest the important indigenous forests.
Through the forest restorations program, KENVO has
- Planted and grown a mix of 500,000 native tree species
- Restored 100 Km of major riparian areas.
- Distributed over 800,000 fruits and farm forestry seedlings to schools, churches and adjacent farms
KENVO manages two tree nurseries with a combined capacity of over 600,000 tree seedlings. One of these nurseries is run through a partnership with an environmental conservation model school (Matathia Primary School). The nurseries produce indigenous seedlings, agroforestry seedlings, bamboo and flowers
KENVO tree planting Initiative involves many stakeholders. These include the community, farmers, individuals, corporates among them:
- Wood Lot Trust (WLT)
- Kenya Defense Forces (KDF)
- County Government of Kiambu
- The Hindu Religious Council (HRSC)
- Young Jains
- International Tree Foundation
- Forest Challenge
- Institute of Quantity Surveyors Kenya (IQSK)
- Kenya Breweries
- Carbacid (Carbon dioxide) Kagwe mines
- Various universities
- Rotaract clubs
KENVO desires to scale up this initiative to cover most forests of Southern Aberdare and where possible have other similar initiatives in other counties. The scaling up will help replicate the successes at the Kiambu county forests.