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A date with destiny: What happened when WWF brought a remote forest community face to face with a top Kenyan official

“Protect our forest so that our today, tomorrow and future is assured” says an elder, looking straight into Mr. Mbugua’s eyes. I’m in an office in Nairobi with representatives of the Aweer community, an indigenous tribe living in the coastal forests of Lamu County. WWF has arranged for the group to come to the capital […]

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Helping communities protect globally important forests

Some of the most precious forests in coastal east Africa are under threat – and with the support of Size of Wales, we’ve been stepping up efforts to save them. The Mijikenda sacred forests or ‘Kayas’ of Kenya’s coast have immense cultural, religious and traditional value. People go to these forests to pray, appease ancestral […]

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Learning to live with a changing climate

People living around the Boni forest in Kenya have been adapting to a changing environment for years. But this is different. The magnitude and rate of change in the local climate is now so great, that many of the traditional coping strategies are ineffective or unsustainable. It’s leading to damage to the environment and food […]

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‘Clean Energy Villages’ in Kenya – helping protect forests and tackle poverty

How do you cook your food? How do you light your home? Imagine 95% of the people in a village next to a forest depending on firewood for cooking and that most of this cooking is done using inefficient stoves Now imagine they depend on that forest as the main source of firewood since many […]

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The amazing birdlife of Boni Dodori’s forests

This month, I dedicate my blog to sharing with you the exciting results of a bird survey recently conducted in April 2014 in the coastal forests of Boni Dodori in north-east Kenya. The ornithological (bird) expedition played a big part Boni-Dodori being designated by Birdlife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA).  Despite this, there […]

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Addressing the problem of human-wildlife conflict

I’ve written before about the problem of human-wildlife conflict in Kwale and I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on some of the progress that we’ve made over the last few months. Living in close proximity to wildlife can be a real challenge. In the Shimba Hills region, elephants are a particular problem […]

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Introducing John Bett and WWF’s Boni-Dodori Coastal Forest project in Kenya

Welcome to my first blog. My name is John Bett and through this blog I want to regularly share insights into our work and the wonders of our coastal forests here in Lamu and Garissa Counties in north-east Kenya, supported through Size of Wales. I head up a small team for WWF working with local communities […]

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How a community in Kenya is selling carbon credits to save its local forests

It’s good to update you again on a busy couple of months here in Kwale, Kenya and the work we do which is supported through Size of Wales. I was recently at the launch of some brilliant work, supported by WWF, which is going to benefit local people and wildlife, as well as helping the world […]

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