Presenting the 6th Edition of the Forest Challenge
The East African Wild Life Society Leads the Way in Sounding the Alarm for
Kenya’s Forests and the Dangers of Deforestation
NAIROBI, KENYA – For the 6th year in a row, The East African Wild Life Society – in partnership with the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and Kijabe Environment Volunteers (KENVO) – is hosting The Forest Challenge, an annual event meant to raise awareness amongst Kenyans on the importance of forests and the threats of deforestation.
Kenya’s forests are on a rapid decline with deforestation taking place at a rate of 0.3% each year due to pressure from increased population, wood fuels, building material and other land uses. The Forest Challenge, the premier annual forest conservation event in East Africa, seeks to reverse this trend by increasing awareness on forest conservation while helping to protect and manage the degraded forests of Kenya’s water towers.
The Forest Challenge is a fun, competitive and challenging obstacle course through Kereita Forest (part of the Southern Aberdares Water Towers block) which aims to sensitise Kenyans on the need for forest conservation while helping to protect and rehabilitate over 600 Ha of degraded montane forests in Kenya’s water towers.
This year, the Forest Challenge has partnered with several companies including UAP, Madison Insurance, Micro Enterprise Support Trust, Safaricom PLC, PKF, Total Kenya, Royal Media Services, Sunworld Safaris, RSA Kenya as well as the Kiambu County Government in order to achieve this noble ambition.
In attendance this year will be Chief Conservator of Forests, Mr. Julius Kamau, CEC Environment Kiambu County, Hon. David Kuria and over 500 participants from different corporate and environmental organizations.
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