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African elephant © Richard Barrett / WWF-UK forests

A plan for water in Kwale: vital for forests, wildlife and people






Water is a major issue for everyone in Kenya. The country is classified as ‘chronically water scarce’ and demands for water largely exceeds the available supply. Many of our key industries, such as agriculture, tourism and energy production, are highly dependent on rainfall and water availability. At the same time, rapidly increasing urban populations and […]

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A farmer in Kwale walks among timber in the forest Coastal Kenya Programme

How WWF is helping locals in Kenya to grow their forests and protect the environment






Kenya’s forests are deteriorating at an alarming rate. In fact, recent studies put the loss of forests in Kenya at around 50,000 hectares annually. That means the Kenyan economy loses over Sh1.9 billion – almost £14.5 million. At the same time, the national wood supply deficit is expected to rise to 7 million cubic metres by 2020. That’s […]

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Mijikenda sacred Kaya forests Size of Wales

How building relationships is key to protecting Kenya’s incredible coastal forests






If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that we’re working hard to protect Kenya’s beautiful forests and make sure that they’re managed in a sustainable way – but we can’t do it alone. In 2010, Kenya adopted a new Constitution which moved a lot of the responsibility for managing our rich and wonderful natural […]

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A member of Kaya Kinondo Financial Services Association © WWF Kenya Size of Wales

Protecting Kenya’s sacred forests and changing people’s lives through ecotourism and village banking






For almost 20 years now, we’ve been working hard to promote the conservation of Kaya forests in Kenya, supporting local people to build their communities and protect their environment. Encouraging ecotourism helped bring in money to support people and nature, but communities still faced barriers. So here I explain how a Financial Services Association, set up […]

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Meeting members of an indigenous community. Size of Wales

Kaya forests – a Kenyan example of indigenous peoples’ and community conserved areas






Many indigenous communities hold a very close relationship with nature, and have done so for millennia, often using traditional governance and management systems to promote harmonious co-existence between people and the environment. The relationship between indigenous communities and nature is much richer than any words can truly express, but it’s clear that it’s often a […]

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Students can now study for longer thanks to solar lanterns. Image © Jeff DeKock Size of Wales

How our support is helping to tackle climate change and transforming lives in Kenya






As the world’s leaders and top scientists have been gathering in Paris to discuss climate change and global warming, villagers in Fihoni, which borders the Gogoni Forest, are celebrating a successful switch to clean and renewable energy – thanks to WWF and Size of Wales. I have written about Fihoni village in my previous blogs. […]

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A fisherman in Kenya cymru

Dredging in Kenya: an update on the campaign to save beautiful beaches and precious habitats






In my last blog I brought to your attention plans to remove millions of tonnes of sea sand and debris off the south coast of Kenya which poses great danger to fragile habitats, wildlife and people’s livelihoods. This blog is to update you on this issue – the struggle is still on and far from […]

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From the field

Save our beaches and oceans – how planned dredging threatens precious habitats on Kenya’s beautiful coast






Around our coast, nature provides us with more than beautiful scenery. The intimate relationships between the sea, coastline and plants and animals that live there contribute immensely to people’s lives. Here in Kenya, sea grass beds, beautiful corals reefs, sea turtles and mangrove forests form part of this magnificent web of life. Our 650 km […]

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Coastal forests support a huge diversity of wildlife Copyright: Cath Lawson Size of Wales

County governments: key to ensuring sustainable development paths






When Kenya adopted its new constitution in 2010, much of the responsibility for managing natural resources moved from the centralised national government to newly established county governments, through a process called devolution. Across the country, the passing of the new constitution resulted in the formation of 47 county governments and it is intended that devolvement […]

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