As of: January 2018
Catalyzing Forest and Landscape Rehabilitation for Climate Resilience and Biodiversity Conservation in East Africa
Objective and activities
The aim of the project was to support the restoration of forest ecosystems and natural landscapes in Kenya and Ethiopia. These ecosystems and landscapes constitute both an important carbon sink and a key foundation for the livelihoods of the local people. Maps were developed at national and local level in order to identify areas with a high potential for landscape restoration and to serve as a basis for planning activities by policy-makers. In addition, the project pilots landscape restoration activities have been carried out in demonstration projects. During the planning of these activities, attention was paid to important co-benefits like the conservation of biological diversity, provision of heating materials and animal feed, water regulation and carbon sequestration and storage. Furthermore, the project partners were assessing innovative investment models that enabled the measures to be implemented over the long-term and be transferred to additional areas.
State of implementation/results
- A technical working group on policy comprising local, state, and non-state stakeholders was established to review policy on landscape restoration.
- Establishment of 22 community tree nurseries, comprising of 316 community members, that already raised and planted 100,000 indigenous seedlings in the pilot site and 18,600 on the farm lands.
- In cooperation with other projects it developed and rolled out a community-based monitoring tracking tool to track tree survival, nurseries and landscape restoration.
- The project has supported mapping of 130 small holder farms and the communities to develop land-use plans for the mapped farms.
- The project assisted in establishing a technical working group comprising of government experts in GIS and Forestry, which has led the development of draft restoration potential maps and associated statistics.
- 467,800 trees have been planted at the pilot site in Loka Abaya, Hawassa.
- Water management was improved by the construction of micro basins, trenches and a stone check dam
- 1 ha of severely degraded gullies were restored with aloe vera which will be harvested by community members for soap to be sold to supplement household incomes.
- 20,000 cuttings of elephant grass, 53,000 splits of desho grass, and 48,000 splits of vetiver grass have been planted in the enclosure area.