The East African Wild Life Society (EAWLS) through its flagship event “The Forest Challenge’’ has participated in efforts to rehabilitate some of Kenya’s most degraded water towers over the past six years.
One of the water towers that are in great need of restoration is the Maasai Mau Forest, a key catchment for the Mara and Ewaso Ngiro rivers. The forest has been badly degraded, mainly through human activity, over the years. The Mara River basin stretches through the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya and Tanzania’s Serengeti plains, before it drains into Lake Victoria.
The Forest Challenge gives participants a unique opportunity to interact with nature by taking part in competitive yet fun activities in the Kereita-Aberdare Forest. The aim is to raise funds for the reforestation project.
Through its ‘Call to Action’, EAWLS has been able to rally support and participation from the government, the private sector and individuals to contribute towards forest restoration activities to achieve the national target of at least 10 per cent forest cover in Kenya.
Corporate support and participation in environmental conservation efforts have gone a long way in addressing some of the ecological challenges we face as a nation.
Proceeds from the Forest Challenge have so far been used to grow 6,000 trees in more than 15 acres degraded forestland. This year, EAWLS through the Forest Challenge aims to raise funds to rehabilitate at least 600ha of forest degraded lands in Kenya’s water towers.
With just two months left until this year’s Forest Challenge at Kereita on November 30, several corporates, including Safaricom, have already come on board to support the event through various participation categories that include sponsorship, participation and in-kind support.
The East African Wild Life Society is looking for more partners in the Forest Challenge 2019. The Society invites all concordant partners to take part in the Forest Challenge and make a difference one tree, one acre, one forest at a time.
The Forest Challenge Proposal can be found here.