Ngare Ndare Forest is a lush indigenous forest at the foothills of Mt. Kenya. Azure pools glisten at the bottom of waterfalls and 200 year old trees stretch into the canopy supporting a rich variety of bird and animal life. The forest is a vital corridor that links the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy to Mount Kenya, and one which elephants have been using for centuries.
In the 1980’s farmland became more developed on the southern side of the forest, and farmers came into regular clashes with elephants. In an attempt to alleviate fatal human/ wildlife conflict, the forest was fenced off from southern farmland in 1992. Yet the Ngare Ndare Forest Trust wasn’t registered until 2004, and a concession management agreement was finalized with the Kenya Forest Service only as recently as 2009.
The Ngarendare Forest was among the finalist of the 2015 Equator Prize Initiative. This prestigious award recognizes the outstanding work of indigenous people on forests, climate change and community development around the world. The Ngarendare Forest put up an application and was among the 88 finalist out of over 2000 applicants.Click here for full coverage of the event including photos and videos!
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