Bio-Diversity, Conservation and Sustainability

Published: 30 September 2021
Last edited: 30 September 2021

Planting of enhanced high potential trees of commercial interest such as Acacia Senegal for gum Arabic, Boswelia Neglecta for Frankincense, and indigenous aloe species (Turkanensis, Secundiflora) in the Kenyan Arid lands has helped with the improved management of natural resources by the community woodlands forest association members, which we helped to form, who act as the custodians of the environment, who are also trained on correct environmental management practices.


The recovery of local biodiversity and use of innovative agroecological techniques by the local communities in the arid areas enhances their adaptation strategies to climate change thereby reducing the impact of desertification which is brought about by widespread deforestation for coal burning as a diverse source of income apart from pastoralism which is the main source of income for people in the arid regions has left the communities be aid reliant in times of droughts.

Through our capacity buildings, the communities have been able to improve their skills on  sustainable management of natural resources through the introduction of correct environmental practices, enhancing the adaptation strategies to climate change, reducing the impact of desertification and deforestation.




Alliance and partnership development
Co-management building
Communication, outreach and awareness building
Education, training and other capacity development activities
Evaluation, effectiveness measures and learning
Management planning
Sustainable livelihoods
Technical interventions and infrastructure
Scale of implementation
Phase of solution

Enabling factors

  • Availability of large parcels of land for restoration
  • Availability of plant species that can survive in arid areas and used for income generation.
  • Availability of techiniques and specialists who train how to restore their land.
  • Embracement of learning and collaboration from the locals.
  • Capacity building on correct way of farming, harvesting and collection of aloe and gums and resins raw materials.
  • Collaboration by  our partners like county governments for allocating idle community land for ecological conservation.

Lessons learned

  • Plant species endemic in arid areas can be used to conserve and restore the ecosystem.
  • Community members can ptotect their own ecosysytems with both indigenous and scientific methods of conservation.
  • Collaborattion between private and government actors can bring positive results in ecologial conservation.
  • Farming of indigenous species and tending to them can bring a diversified source of income.
  • Arid areas are rich in natural resources if they are well maintained can be used for income generation.

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