Protection of Nyekweri Forest by local communities, Trans Mara Subcounty, Kenya
As of: September 2021
Nyekweri Forest is located to the west of Maasai Mara Nature Reserve and is an important refuge for threatened wildlife.The project assists the approximately 1000 Maasai living in the area to develop a biocultural protocol based on their traditions and cultural values. Working together with the local project partner, the project improves the exchange with the administration at national and regional level in order to achieve legal recognition as a conservancy. The project also strengthens income-generating activities to reduce deforestation for charcoal production. They include eco-tourism, improved animal husbandry and honey production. These project measures will help prevent forest loss beyond the life of the project. Women are trained to improve production and sale of traditional bead jewelry and to manage this income independently. Particular emphasis is placed on women's independent income and the strengthening of their role in traditional community bodies.