Monthly Archives: December 2010

Production on our relaunch collection has begun!

For the first time in Wildlife Works’ 14 year history, we brought our screen printing process in house, making us the largest screen printing operation in Kenya outside of Nairobi. And here it is:

The temporary housing for our screen printing operation.

Staging and screen printing table.

Paschal washing the screens

I was reminded of power of pure human skill as I watched these guys produce what machines here in the west do in seconds. Peter, our color specialist, was able to mix and match a pantone color swatch by eye with 80% accuracy, on the FIRST try.

Since we didn’t have running water at this site, the newly exposed screens had to be sprayed off by hand with a handheld spritzer bottle. Not one guy complained about a hand cramp!

hand made screens

Working with Gilbert, the screenprinter.

Example of our graphic placement for one style.

Pile of films, which had to be printed in the US and hand carried to Kenya.

The site didn’t have lights set up either so the sun dictated our working hours.

Driving the guys home after a long day screen printing.

Rangers Recruitment Day 2, Marapou Borehole, Sagalla – 6th November 2010

By Lara Cowan – Office Manager – 6th November 2010.

Wildlife Works Rangers Recruitment Day 2 at Marapu Borehole, 6 November 2010

 

The recruitment day at Marapu was to allow the communities of Sagalla Hill lower such as Zomngwani, Raghasi, Marapau Talio B, Teri B to participate in the recruitment process. These are new community areas from Phase II, and are not yet being employed by Wildlife Works Carbon. It was very important to involve them.

Our Rangers and management at the Marapu Borehole completing registration.

All applicants had to come with their IDS, Application letters, be between the age of 18 to 40 years old and for men be over 5 foot 6 inches tall. All women where welcome. There was no education level or other restrictions on the applicants.

In total there where 107 people who participated in the recruitment day.

Of which 28 where ladies!

The Female contingent at the start of the race.

The start of the race for the male recruits  – the ladies were allowed a five-minute head start.

Some of the spectators who came to watch the Recruitment Day

This photo below shows the stunning surrounding area under which recruitment exercise took place on 6th of November 2010. The area is well covered with a variety of both indigenous and exotic tree species which could be considered a prime location for the REDD project.

The day was a huge success and we would like to thank everyone for their help.

 

Rangers Recruitment December 2010

By Rob Dodson – General Manager,  31 May 2010

To: ALL CHIEF CAMPS

Re:  RANGERS RECRUITMENT

 

Wildlife Works would like to inform you that our recruitment was successful, and the total number who qualified and have been shortlisted, as Rangers was 30.  We are still building/preparing the camps, and once we are done we will employ all the number of Rangers selected.

The listed names below 14 men and 6 ladies are the shortlist and will be trained between January to March 2011. They represent 5 recruits from each of the 4 areas where the recruitments were held.

1.  Jane Mwae from Bondeni

2.  Constance Mwandaa from Talio

3.  Grace Manga from Rukanga

4.  Florence M Ndoro from Mkamenyi

5.  Fidlorah K Mwaighacho from Relinyi

6.  Grace V Mwalumba from Kajire

7.  Ramadahan A Galagola from Rukanga

8.  Joseph Ningulo from Landi

9.  Bernard M Mwatate from Marapu

10. Harrsion N Mwatibo from Kajire

11. Jonah K Juma from Bungule

12. Calvin K Elipinah from Marapu

13. Fernard Kidundu from Marapu

14. Japhet M Gomboshi from Marapu

15. Feisal Kizongona from Landi

16. Julius M Mwangala from Landi

17.  Jermiah K Mnjala from Landi

18. Dafton M Kidedela from Jora

19.  Isaack Mwandisha from Kajire

20.  Wildfred Wamisi from Kishamba

The following 10 recruits will be employed at a later stage.

21.  Fionah M Muthini from Makwasenyi

22. Mary M Mwachira from Landi

23.  Javotah M Mwachai from Marapu

24.  Joyce M Mwambingu from Landi

25   Daudi  Ndawiro from Landi

26   Raphael Malandi from Kajire

27  Alfred Mwanjala from Kajire

28  Ian K Cheusi from Rukanga

29  Ali M Mwanyungu from Landi

30  David S Mwadime from Marapu

The listed names below had started since last May and June 2010:

1.  Stephen Mswahili – Makwasinyi

2.  Elemu Lokichari – Miasenyi

3.  Simon Kiprop – X Ranger

4.  Boniface Mnyambo – Wildlife Works

5.  Nicholus Rono – X Ranger

6.  Domnic Kivuva – Maungu

7.  Peter Anelico – Mwambiti

8.  Emmanuel Ndurya – Kale

9.  Mohamed Abdalla – Maungu

10. Fedrick Kyalo – Mackinon road

11.  Joshua Thuranira – Maungu

12.  Daniel Ngazi Kombo – Itinyi

13.  Jumaa Chiboya – Sasenyi

14.  Chrispin Mazozo – Mwatate

15.  Paul Msheshe – Sagalla

16.  Evans Mwachoki – Maungu

17.  Ayub Lalo – Mackinon road

18.  Omari A Wanjala – Maungu

19.   Stephen Mwalimo – Kibaoni

20.  Jackson Ngiyo – Marungu

21.   Peter Nyamoko – Lockichogio

22.   Moses Lorewa – X Ranger

23.   Lalo M Lalo – Mackinon road

24.  Mohamed Rai – Sasenyi

25.   Cassian Mwakio – Maungu

26.  Hassan Lugwe – Sasenyi

27.  Augustine Mjomba – Buguta

28.  Michael Mulonzi – Itinyi

29.  Davis Mwakuro – Rukanga

30.  John Lopeyo – Samburu

There will be some other community projects, which will start very soon, and we will pick from the same people who did the recruitment but did not qualify as Rangers.

Rangers Recruitment Day 1 at Kajire, Sagalla Hill – 5 November 2010

By Lara Cowan – Office Manager – 5th November 2010

Wildlife Works Rangers Recruitment Day 1 at Kajire 5 November 2010

 

 

Rob Dodson and Eric Sagwe adressing the participants

Total number of Community members participated 63.

22 of them were ladies!

All participants completed the Race.

The recruitment was held at Kajire to involve the communities of lower Sagalla: the people living in Ndara B and Kishamba B Community Ranches

The start at Kajire town

Our “First Lady” runner Mrs. Grace Vita Mwalumba – Congratulations to her!

Below the WWC Rangers assisting in the placement of the Runners by the ACK church at Kajire town. The run took place through town past the Primary and Secondary schools. There where many Cheers of encouragement.

This line is of the female community members waiting for interview having completed the fitness test. They where interviewed in the same position as they completed the Race.

All present were given copies of our September/October newsletter.

Thank you to everyone

WW hosts the Sixth Field Dialogue for Interests in Investing in Locally Controlled Forests

By Jimmy Eggers, Wildlife Works Special Projects

Wildlife Works hosts the Sixth Field Dialogue for Interests in Investing in Locally Controlled Forests
Sponsors include Wildlife Works, Nedbank

As the owners and protector-operators of the Africa’s first carbon offset project under the new (2009) REDD guidelines, Wildlife Works was happy to recently host members of The Forests Dialogue (TFD) on November 29, 2010.  There were some 47 members from all parts of the world, including Canada, the USA, Scandanavia, Europe, Asia, Central America, South America, and Africa.

Rod Dodson, VP of African Field Operations, led the Rukinga tour.

Delightfully, these travelers were able to mingle and exchange ideas with the chiefs and directors of the very communities adjacent to and supporting our REDD+ related efforts. Kenyan governmental ministries were also well represented. It was a wonderful opportunity for all of these persons that subscribe to and live by the TFD’s broad credo of diverse peoples being committed to the conservation and sustainable use of the world’s forest.

Even better, with this event being tagged as the Sixth Field Dialoguefor those interested in idea of local people Investing in Locally Controlled Forestry (ILCF) – whether they be small landholders, community peoples, indigenous forest-dependent people, or persons like WWC owners and employees – the  commonality was bright and perceptible.

Although TFD’s schedule included a day on site with us on the Rukinga Wildlife Sanctuary in southwestern Kenya, it also included trips to both Northern and Southern Kenyan coastal forest preserves,  providing the group unusual diversity for a single trip.

The group assembled in the Wildlife Works eco factory shortly after arrival on the Rukinga Sanctury grounds.  They were first welcomed and then given an overview of the full range of WildLife Works activities by VP of African Field Operations, Rob Dodson. TFD executive director Gary Dunning then reinforced the principles of The Forest Dialogue and reminded the group of the extraordinary parallels guiding both TFD’s and the REDD program’s work.

The next stop at the Wildlife Works seedling nursery and greenhouse seemed to generate a lot of curiosity and a very broad range of questions for the presenters of the  seedling programs. Of special interest seemed to be our community seedling buying program whereby very small seedlings of many different species are brought to us by community members in small containers.

There was particularly keen interest from the group about our seedling purchase program offered to community members. The seedlings are often used in restoration programs a year later, as part of Wildlife Works’ community reinvestment.

The “sellers” are paid an advertised amount for each seedling.  These seedlings then are cultured and grown for a year under our protective nursery conditions, then in turn redistributed throughout area communities for use in tree planting programs. These help the entire region recover from decades of deforestation for human consumption.  Some purchased seedlings will be used in our own treefarm activities mentioned below.

Everyone present, no matter where they are from, seemed to be very aware of the deleterious effect of hardwood charcoaling in regions where charcoal is the primary cooking fuel.  In our region of east Africa, it is probably a larger source of deforestation than clearing for subsistence agriculture.  Jamie Hendriksen, WWC’s  Rukinga field operations manager, described for the group Wildlife Works’ new effort to produce sustainable or green charcoal by using coppiced or pruned branches from Acacia species indigenous to our area.

Sustainable or green charcoal: coppiced or pruned branches from Acacia species indigenous to our area. photo by www.peterzjones.com

These are raised on “treefarm” plots now being started on appropriate non-carbon project ground and charred by a barrel-kiln charring process found to be much more efficient than the bush ground kiln processes.  Fingerling branches can be harvested every year – with no trees cut.  Wildlife Works is hopeful this will eventually replace illegal bush charcoaling while providing even more jobs to community peoples.  All seemed to enjoy witnessing the actual barrel-kiln charring process.

barrel-kiln charring process has been found to be much more efficient than the bush ground kiln processes. photo by www.peterzjones.com

We all enjoyed lunch prepared by and served Camp Kenya safari camp, a long time safari concession operated on the Rukinga Sanctury, now operated by Camps International (CI). It was announced that CI was this year’s winner of EcoTourism Kenya’s Eco-Warrior Award, and we all congratulated them on that.  Another extensive question and answer session involving almost everyone in attendance concluded the session.  A serious flurry of contact info exchange preceded the conferees loading onto the buses by 4 PM for the substantial journey back to Mombasa for a dinner conference that evening and field trips the following two days.

Camp Kenya

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About Wildlife Works Carbon:

Wildlife Works is the world’s leading REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), project development and management company with an effective approach to applying innovative market based solutions to the conservation of biodiversity. REDD+ was originated by the United Nations (UN) to help stop the destruction of the world’s forests.

Over a 15 year history Wildlife Works established a successful model that uses the emerging marketplace for REDD+ Carbon Offsets to protect threatened forests, wildlife, and communities.

The company helps local landowners in the developing world monetize their forest and biodiversity assets whether they are governments, communities, ownership groups, or private individuals.

Sagalla Hill Tree Planting Program December 2010

By Silvester Mkamaganga, Foresterer Wildlife Works Carbon- 5th December 2010

NAYIBINGI TREE PLANTING PROGRAM INTRODUCTION

Nayibingi Sports Club is a registered self-help group. It is located in Sagalla Hill, Voi District in Kenya. It started as a football club for youth but has since then branched into in to other areas in order to meet the needs of the village youth such as education, environmental conservation, drama and theater and other issues affecting the community. Through Nayibingi leader Robert Mwangala, Wildlife Works Carbon managed to participate in a tree planting program in the Sagalla community for the purpose of environmental conservation.

Objectives

The main objective is of this program is environmental conservation and reclaiming the degraded land. Other objectives include:

1.     Assisting Organization and clubs to achieve their objectives.

2.     Promote good relationship with other stakeholders in environmental issues

3.     Improve networking to harmonize the environmental activities related issues

 

Tree seedling purchase and distribution

Tree seedlings were purchased from different tree nursery owners at a flat rate of Ksh 20/= per tree seedling. The tree seedlings were taken to different planting sites which have been decided by Nayibingi based on the decision made by planting site owners and Nayibingi. In institutions, pupils were supposed to dig planting holes and take care of the tree till when they can survive on their own. The community around also took the initiative and were supplied with tree seedlings to plant to their farms.

Summary of tree seedling purchase

Supplier CommunityPurchased Total Tree seedlings
L.Mwanyumba Teri 250
J.Kodi Teri 300
A.Mwata Teri 200
J.Mwachofi Teri 200
C.Kipande Teri 50
Total 1000

 

 

Summary of tree seedlings distributed

 

Planting sites Community Total Supply
Talio Primary Talio 150
ACK Talio Talio 100
Wray Primary Teri 200
Mlondo Primary Teri 200
Sagalla Primary Kishamba 200
R.Mwangala Teri 50
A.Mwagunga Teri 100
Totals 1000

WHAT IS WILDLIFE WORKS?

Protecting + Forests + Wildlife + Community since 1997.

Wildlife Works is the world's leading REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), project development and management company with an effective approach to applying innovative market based solutions to the conservation of biodiversity. REDD+ was originated by the United Nations (UN) to help stop the destruction of the world's forests.