PROJECTS WE SUPPORT
MOUNT KENYA TRUST
Mount Kenya Trust (MKT) is a Kenyan not-for profit working to protect and conserve the forest, water, people and wildlife around Africa’s second highest mountain. Mount Kenya’s afromontane forests, vast bamboo stands and moorlands host incredible biodiversity including numerous species of IUCN concern such as African elephant and critically endangered mountain bongo, along with 81 endemic plant species.
As much as 35% of Tanzania is still covered in native forest (which is high for East Africa) but it is under huge threat from deforestation. Carbon Tanzania works with indigenous communities to help preserve their forests, protecting the rich biodiversity within them whilst the trees remove CO2 from the atmosphere. These protected forests generate certified carbon offsets that are then sold to earn income for the local community. Carbon Tanzania protect biodiversity and combat climate change all whilst helping some of Africa’s poorest communities.
Kilimanjaro’s glaciers are disappearing rapidly. This is due to warmer, drier conditions resulting in the glaciers literally drying out or ‘sublimating’ (solid ice evaporating straight to gas). Much of this problem is caused by global climate change, but this is being made far worse by mass deforestation in the Kilimanjaro region for firewood, charcoal making, and agriculture. This deforestation is resulting in less moisture being available for Kilimanjaro’s glaciers as well as making less water available for local people. The Kilimanjaro Project are helping counter these effects by planting millions of trees that will help retain water in the local environment.
MAASAI STOVES &
MSS designs and installs clean-burning and efficient wood-burning and solar panels in the homes of Maasai people in East Africa. The stoves are 60% more efficient than traditional stoves. This prevents the deadly issue of smoke inhalation, greatly reduces the time women spend wood gathering, all whilst preserving local forests and reducing carbon emissions by 3.5 tonnes a year per stove. The Maasai Women’s Installation Team install the stoves and solar systems stimulating the local economy whilst helping improve their status in the community.
Rhino Ark was established in 1988 as a charitable trust to help save Kenya’s Black Rhino population in the Aberdare ecosystem. The rhino were under severe threat from rampant poaching for their highly valued horn.
Over the years, Rhino Ark’s work has evolved and expanded to include support for various community based conservation initiatives such as the Bongo Surveillance Programme designed to offer long-term solutions to the conservation of mountain forest ecosystems.