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Patients waiting to be weighed as part of MEDCAP in Tswaka, Kenya 2012. © Tech. Sgt. Daniel St Pierre, 4th Combat Camera Squadron Size of Wales

Wildlife, water, and the climate: understanding well-being in Kenya

Happy New Year! A new year often makes us think about how happy and healthy we are, and we’ve been thinking about that here too. One of our biggest goals here is to improve people’s well-being, because the health of people is intrinsically linked with the health of the forests and wildlife around them – we […]

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An ancient, indigenous tree in Boni. The forest ecosystem is important to both people and the environment in Kenya. © US AID Size of Wales

WWF working to protect people and wildlife from development projects in Kenya

Lamu County, and in particular the Boni-Dodori forest, is an incredibly diverse and rich area. It’s also home to the indigenous Aweer community who depend on beautiful and important area for their livelihoods including food, shelter, herbal medicine, cultural practices and spiritual needs. Development A few kilometers away from this important forest are two emerging major […]

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A haven for bird life is under threat – these new rangers could hold the key to protecting it

The coastal forests of Boni and Dodori are home to a huge diversity of birds and are a significant stop-over and dispersal site for a number of migrating bird species from other neighbouring countries. The birds that you can find include the Basra reed warbler, white-headed vulture, lappet-faced vulture, martial eagle, Somali ostrich, southern banded […]

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Seeing is believing

This month I’m sharing a story from my WWF colleagues Nickson Orwa, Neema Suya and Hassan Mohammed who are accompanying some of our partners on an exchange visit to the Maasai Mara… Learning by seeing is one of the best ways in which we learn and we’ve found this to be true time and time […]

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An amazing tale of how Wales helped save a farm from buffalo

”I dreaded the long weary nights…when unwelcome visitors would gate crash into my farm in  their hundreds…rendering all my investments and hard labour under the scorching sun  into waste.” Mr Nurein, a farmer here in Boni-Dodori in northern Kenya, recounts the struggle to maintain his farm in the face of regular attacks from wildlife. It’s […]

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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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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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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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