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A Letter from Our Head Ranger

ELEPHANT POACHING STILL HIGH

Elephant and rhino poaching has recently been declared a “national disaster” in Kenya by former head of Kenyan Wildlife Service (KWS) Richard Leakey. The magnitude of poaching has reached terrifying levels and poachers are  operating with outrageous impunity, backed up by an extraordinary network of organized crime.

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Unfortunately the Kasigau Corridor has not been immune from this increase in elephant poaching. Whilst the year started relatively calmly, March and April saw a significant rise in poaching incidents, totaling 30 elephants by mid May. The worst incident to date saw six elephants shot dead on Dawida Ranch, four of which were youngsters not bearing tusks. A further three elephants were lost on Amaka Ranch in March. This indicates the indiscriminate nature of killing that the poachers engage in, as well as the ruthlessness of the individuals involved.

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 10.27.03 AMTo combat this, Wildlife Works has been working closely with KWS and other official organizations to tighten security in the area. We have increased patrols and security measurements significantly. In particular, we have drastically increased aerial surveillance throughout the project area thanks to the support of an additional aircraft pilot. Weather permitting, Keith Hellyer, a Canadian conservationist, has been lending his time and the use of a gyrocopter to patrol the 200,000 ha large project area and beyond at least twice a day. This helps the security team to locate illegal activities, carcasses or charcoal camps early on and respond accordingly.

Furthermore, Wildlife Works has also employed six additional wildlife rangers from the surrounding communities in order to increase manpower. The new recruits have already been orientated with Wildlife Works’ security operations and they have all been posted to the various ranger camps where they are taking up their patrol and surveillance responsibilities. Wildlife Works continues to be committed to the protection of wildlife and will do everything in its power to prevent the further slaughter of these majestic animals.

A LETTER TO OUR COMMUNITY FROM OUR HEAD RANGER, ERIC SAGWE

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Dear Readers,

I wish to express my personal and sincere gratitude to all of you who have helped make the Kasigau Phase I and II REDD+ Project a success for the past few years! Despite the challenges we are facing inside the project area, especially regarding a recent escalation in poaching incidents, my ranger teams are working tirelessly with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to ensure the culprits involved are caught and remain in police custody, so that justice can be served. In the first five months of 2014 alone, we have lost 30 elephants to poaching. Whilst this is a shocking figure, let me assure you that we are using every measure, in conjunction with KWS teams operating in various ranches, to ensure that we have intensified security in terms of patrolling and monitoring.

I still admire our ‘no arms’ policy, since it serves to deter violent confrontation. I wish also to bring to your attention that elephant poaching is increasingly carried out using sophisticated weapons, as well as poisoned arrows. I kindly urge community members to share with us any information, however seemingly small, which they might have regarding the menace so that we can channel it into the relevant authorities, especially KWS.

I wish to honorably recognize all members of the community who have responded to our call to protect our wildlife and surrounding environment. As a result, we have witnessed a drastic reduction in charcoal burning, with the exception of a few ranches in the Project Area. Whilst some cases remain unreported, I would like to highlight that community feedback is happening more and more with assistance from the Wildlife Works community outreach team. I encourage all community members to help in the protection of the environment and wildlife, which is possible through our hotline: +254 (0) 727 957 482.

I would like to take this opportunity to salute all members of the community for their effort in helping us to achieve our goals. Conservation is for us all, it does not belong to only one party, and requires the involvement of everyone. Let us keep our heritage safe for the future; our beautiful environment is a valuable resource, which must be preserved.

I am also happy to report that we have increased our ranger force and now number approximately 120 wildlife rangers, all of whom are patrolling the project area on a daily basis. Around twelve of these are operating on the hills and land corridors. Three quarters of my ranger team are members of the community who were selected during the 2010/2011 recruitment exercise. I understand that not everyone who was present at this selection was recruited, and I would like to inform community members that there will be further opportunities for employment following the expansion of the carbon project. Being part of the ranger team is a highly sought after position however, and realistically we are not able to offer positions to all young applicants. Our recruitment process offers a fair way to select individuals who are suitable for this physically and psychologically demanding work.

Thank you all,

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A Grand Leap Forward for the Chyulu Hills Redd+ Project

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Wildlife Works has done it again! We completed yet another Project Design Document, for the new proposed REDD+ project in the Chyulu Hills!

The Chyulu Hills REDD+ Project (CHRP) is a multi-partner initiative designed to promote climate change mitigation and adaptation, restore biodiversity and create alternative livelihoods under the United Nation scheme of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+). It is located in the Tsavo-Amboseli ecosystem, southeastern Kenya and stretches over an area of 410,533.84 ha. Its main geographic feature is the volcanic Chyulu Hills mountain range, from which the project derives its name.

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Chyulu Hills 

The Project Area comprises a great diversity of ecosystems, ranging from montane cloud forests to grassland savannah. A large variety of charismatic wildlife roams these landscapes, including populations of the increasingly threatened African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) and the critically endangered Black Rhino (Diceros bicornis). This wildlife has been living alongside traditional communities for generations. The Chyulu Hills also present a locally and regionally important water tower, which provides much of the surrounding landscape, as well as the coastal city of Mombasa, with a water source. This is just one example of the many ecosystem services the Chyulu Hill area performs.

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The black rhino, a critically endangered species, lives in the Tsavo-Amboseli ecosystem. Image captured by a camera trap from Big Life Foundation.

However, the area is under threat from being converted to a non-forest state due to unplanned agricultural expansion and unsustainable extractive practices such as charcoal burning and the collection of wood to make cultural artifacts. A major goal of the Project therefore, is to protect this vitally important ecosystem by providing economically viable and sustainable alternatives to its destruction.

The CHRP aims to generate benefits in the areas of climate, community and biodiversity under both the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) standards. Its specific climate related goals are to prevent the emission of 28,122,572 t CO2e over the project’s 30 year crediting period by stopping deforestation, forest degradation and grassland conversion. This will be achieved largely by employing forest rangers, bolstering employee motivation, creating alternative income and employment opportunities, and supporting stricter environmental law enforcement. Furthermore, it aspires to restore degraded forest and grassland areas, which will increase the quantity of sequestered carbon from woody biomass and soil. The establishment of tree nurseries, reforestation programs and other afforestation/reforestation (A/R) efforts are examples of some initiatives, which will be undertaken to this end.

Community outreach. Photo by Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust

Community outreach. Photo by Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust

The Project will also generate substantial community and biodiversity co-benefits. New and sustainable livelihood opportunities, such as direct employment, alternative income generating activities (IGAs) and initiatives to stimulate investment in businesses will be designed to reduce pressure on the environment while significantly increasing community well-being. Additional programs will address food security, improve health and education facilities, as well as raise environmental awareness. Biodiversity co-benefits will be achieved through greater protection of the ecosystem predominantly by means of increased security, improved monitoring and bolstering wildlife-compensation schemes.

Conservation education at Chyulu Hills.

Conservation education at Chyulu Hills.

The CHRP’s uniqueness lies in its eight constituent partners, each of which contributes specific and invaluable expertise. Whilst some partners have long-standing, ground-based operations within the landscape, other partners offer more technical, political and governance expertise. The eight constituent partners include: Big Life Foundation, Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust, Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Forest Service, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, African Wildlife Foundation, Conservation International and Wildlife Works. Together with the traditional landowners, this CHRP implementation team presents an exceptionally strong partnership, which will ensure the successful execution of the project’s objectives.

Wildlife Works completed the Project Design Document in June 2014, which is now open for public comments on the CCB website until 27th of July. All comments, positive remarks, constructive criticism or simply suggestions, are welcome.

Please visit: http://www.climate-standards.org/2014/06/25/chyulu-hills-redd-project/.

Wildlife Works Marks World Environmental Day With Town Clean Up and Climate Change Education

At this year’s World Environment Day, some of our employees at the Wildlife Works Kasigau base station put down their tools and left the offices to commemorate the day with the community at Kamtonga, a small village located in Mwatate about 50 kilometers from our station. Those who attended the event included the head community Relations Officer, Mr. Laurian Lenjo, Mrs. Emily Mwawasi and Joseph Mwakima (both working in community relations), and the agribusiness manager, Mr. George Maina.

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Community members and pupils gather at the Kamtonga Primary School for commemoration of World Environment Day.

From the moment we arrived in Kamtonga, it was very clear that we could not have chosen a better place to commemorate the 2014 World Environment Day. The Mwatate community has been one of our major partners in the implementation of Phase II of the REDD programme, and we found an eager audience waiting to mark the day that was themed, Raise your Voices Not the Sea Levels. Young school pupils and aged grandparents sat side by side with the youth.

As with every other occasion we have to interact with the community around us, we took the opportunity to pass on the conservation message that we have been preaching since we started operations in the Kasigau region 17 years ago.  The theme for this event was to educate the audience about rising sea levels.

From the puzzled look on many faces, it was clear that not many had heard about the rising sea levels but when one of the speakers mentioned the possibility of Mombasa being submerged in the next 20 years, any lingering doubts started to vanish.

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Wildlife Works Rangers lead the procession to the communal cleaning of Kamtonga Primary School.

Joseph Mwakima gave a concise explanation of the rising sea levels phenomena to an audience that was very eager to listen. Laurian backed it up by explaining how everyone has a role to play in ensuring that we mitigate such an occurrence. Other speakers also echoed the same concerns.

Some of the other issues that were addressed at the event included the persistent issue of child labor in Kamtonga which draws the majority of its income from sisal farming, mining of precious stones and other supporting businesses. Pupils from the Kamtonga Primary School recited heartrending poems about how their peers are vulnerably recruited into the mines and sisal plantations and end up dropping out of school. Our community outreach team members have been doing in-school outreach campaigns to educate students on their rights. Several government administrators, including the town’s chief have made promises to crackdown on any businessperson who were found abusing children’s rights.

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School kids reciting a poem about the Child labour.

After these important discussions, everyone armed themselves with latex gloves and joined in a communal cleanup of the small Kamtonga town. Plastic bottles and bags that littered the town were collected for appropriate disposal.

The event hit a climax with the planting of more than 100 trees in Kamtonga Primary School. The Wildlife Works greenhouse supplied all the tree seedlings for free. 30 trees were planted by the various guests in attendance and assigned to pupils who will be taking care of them. 70 tree saplings were left to be planted by the pupils and teachers later on. We have already received confirmation from the headmaster that the remaining seventy trees have been planted and are thriving!

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Pupils of Kamtoga Primary School set a heap of plastic bags and other debris on fire.

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From left: Community Relations Manager Laurian Lenjo, Head Ranger Eric Sagwe and Community Relations Associate Joseph Mwakima join the community cleanup exercise at Kamtonga Town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are grateful for the Kamtonga Community for hosting us during this special day and for giving us an audience. If we can all take action now, we can effectively mitigate the effects of climate change. It all starts with you and me, and the Kamtonga community!

The chief with the school kids planting a tree around the school compound during the event.

The chief with the school kids planting a tree around the school compound during the event.

Wildlife Works’ First Nursery

As the number of our employees grows, so do the families we support through their employment with Wildlife Works in Kenya. In January 2012, we opened our first onsite children’s nursery for our young parents, so they would have a place for their children to continue to grow and learn while they work to help support their family. Twenty parents are bringing their children to the nursery on a daily basis, and it is wonderful to see all the smiling faces every morning as they arrive.

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There are currently twenty-one kids, ranging in ages from 2 to 5, attending the nursery. With that many children and the range of ages, they are split into two classes. There are eleven kids in one class and ten in the other. This ensures that each child is getting the attention and care they need throughout the day, while also providing a safe place to learn and play with their friends.

A Teacher and Some of the Children in One of the Classrooms

At the nursery, the children’s daily lessons consist of mathematics, language, social studies, science, life skills, creative time, and music which the children truly love. Among their more academic schedule, there are other activities to ensure the children are active and healthy. First thing every morning, the teachers check the health of the kids and since the medical dispensary is within the same compound as the nursery, it is convenient to get any necessary medicine for them that same day.

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The children also have physical education (PE) which is a time for them to exercise and have fun playing various games, like leapfrog, dancing, swinging or a good ole race around the compound. After PE, the children have a break for some snacks and time to relax before starting the afternoon’s lessons. Their day ends with lunch and everyone’s favorite from being a kid, naptime. As the children are resting, the teachers are preparing for the next day and getting the kids ready for when their parents come to pick them up from the nursery.

Children Swinging and Playing Footie

It is truly amazing to see each of these children’s faces light up as they arrive at the nursery each day, and just as amazing to understand how much the parents appreciate being able to leave their children at the nursery, knowing that their children are safe and learning while they go off to work and support their families. As the families continue to strive and grow so will the nursery, and we are so thankful to be able to provide a means of education and healthy living for the children.

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Update on Ijema Funan, Injured Ranger

Ijema was discharged from the hospital last week and for the first time since the surgery is showing no signs of fever. This is fantastic news, as it means that the antibiotics are fighting off any infection.

In fact, Ijema actually felt strong enough to go and do a bit of shopping on his own in the local town of Voi to pick up some bits and bobs. He’s been surprised and somewhat overwhelmed by the amount of visitors he has received, which have kept him pretty busy while trying to rest and recover. He is looking a lot better, and doctors seem pleased with the progress so far, but everyone knows it’s going to be a long healing process.

Wildlife Works continues to spare no expense to care for the health of Ijema and support both families through this tragedy; however, if you would like to make a donation to show support for and help these families continue to recover, you can do so at the following Webpage: Donations for the Family of Abdi Abdullahi Mohammed and for Ijema Funan.

All of us at Wildlife Works would like to thank you for your outreach and support during this terrible tragedy and throughout the healing process. Donations will be collected until Valentine’s Day, 14 February 2012. The donations and your messages will be delivered personally in March by the VP of African Operations, Rob Dodson, who has been overseeing Ijema and both families’ recovery.

Community Newsletter August 2010

This is our second newsletter of a series in which we would like to take the opportunity to inform our neighbors and the local community about the activities of Wildlife Works Carbon (WWC).  Many of you have heard of Wildlife Works Ltd, which has worked at Rukinga Ranch for the last 10 years since February 2000 to provide jobs and protect the environment.  WWC is an exciting new arm of Wildlife Works that aims to access the growing global carbon market for the benefit of Kenyans.

SOME OF THE COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES THIS MONTH:

Eric Sagwe (Head Ranger) from Wildlife Works Carbon at a Maungu Clean up Day

 

MAUNGU CLEAN UP DAY ON 9 JULY On the 9th July a Clean up Day was organized for Maungu Village in conjunction with the District Health Office with funding from Wildlife Works Carbon and drinks from World Vision. 28 Wildlife Works Rangers attended the Community Clean up and help to assist the school children. We also held Community Barazas discussing the REDD Carbon project and the immediate effects plus the longer more positive impact it will have on the communities in the area. Three baraza’s were held in the month of July at Sagalla Hill Upper, and we have arranged through the Chief and Sub Chiefs to have them every other week in all the community areas of Teri, Talio, Kishamba and Ndara sub-locations of Sagalla Hill.

WWC also went to the Kasigau Basket promotion Baraza on the 29 July to support the women’s’ group. On the 30th July another Baraza was held at Bungule. Many thanks to all those that helped support the meetings as well as the community members that came to listen. These meetings are a very important part of our project where we let everybody know what the REDD project is about as well as the getting to know the communities and what their needs are at ground level. By mobilizing the communities  into Development Committees that can bring the communities together to identify and prioritize what they want when the Carbon Funding becomes available in January 2011. The project will be for a 20-year period and annual income from Carbon sales will have a significant positive economic impact on the area Upcoming Barazas in August will be: Kajire on the 2 August,  Mgeno Reserve on 11 August, Kirumbe Primary School on 18August.

TREE SEEDLING COLLECTION AND NURSERY BUILDING:

During the month of May Wildlife Works Carbon requested a call for partnership with local surrounding communities, the aim of which was to purchase up to 40,000 indigenous trees. A new nursery would have to be built to accommodate them. Due to the persistent water deprivation issues it was decided to locate them at Rukinga Ranch. This would ensure that a reliable water source for the seedlings from the nearby Mzima pipeline, and allow them to be nurtured to a healthy size before being planted out in the surrounding areas.The construction using local craftsmen started in June and will be completed soon. The roof of the nursery is constructed from 60% shadenet, to afford the seedlings ample shade from the sun. The shade net is suspended from highly tensioned wire and steel posts and covers a total area of 2,848 square feet of shade. The furrows are made from over 5,000 stabilized mud bricks that are then plastered to protect from irrigation. Water in being plumbed from two storage tanks and the entire tree nursery had to be  chain link fenced to prevent possible seedling damage from Dik Dik and other herbivores 

MORE TREE SEEDLINGS REQUIRED…

Wildlife Works Carbon wish to buy an additional 20,000 small tree seedlings off members of the community in the project area. This will provide a small but much needed income to the people who live here, and will allow us to build up a stock of seedlings in preparation for the new Wildlife Works Carbon green houses and reforestation projects in the community areas. The seedlings should be at least 6 inches (15 cms) tall and can be presented to us in any container ….old water bottles, old plastic bags, or even half a coconut shell! We will collect the seedlings from various collection points around the communities towards the end of October. Collection points will be decided closer to the time.:

 

15  Shillings for healthy seedlings for the species listed:            10 Shillings for the below species:

Newtonia hildebrandti (Mukami)                                                                                       Melia volkensii (Mukurumbutu)

Manilkara (Mnago)                                                                                                    Acacia Tortillas (Mwagubu)

Brachylanea huillensis (Maribongo)                                                                Delonix  Elata (Mwarangi)

Albizia (Mporozi)                                                                                                         Acacia nilotica (Mchemeri)

Terminalia sp[inosa (Msaghona; Maungo)                                                 Delonix elata (Mwarangi)

Terminalia browni (Mkungu)                                                                               Warburgia ugandensis (Msindiri)

Terminalia prunoides (Mshoghoreka)                                                            Lannae shweinfurthi (Mshiga)

Balanities aegyptica (Mwaghani)

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5 kshs for: Leauceana leucocephala (Lusina; Lukina)                            Tamaraindus indica (mukwaju)                                                                        

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION!!!!

Community Newsletter June 2010

This is the first newsletter of a series in which we would like to take the opportunity to inform our neighbours and the local community about the activities of Wildlife Works Carbon (WWC).  Many of you have heard of Wildlife Works Ltd, which has worked at Rukinga Ranch for the last 10 years since February 2000 to provide jobs and protect the environment.  WWC is an exciting new arm of Wildlife Works that aims to access the growing global carbon market for the benefit of Kenyans and their environment.

Background

 

CLIMATE CHANGE may be the greatest danger facing our planet today.  Temperature and rainfall changes risk causing hunger; sea level change risks flooding coastal areas.  Climate change is human-caused due to gases being released into the atmosphere by factories, transport, and deforestation.  These gases, like Carbon Dioxide (CO2) trap the suns heat like a greenhouse, affecting weather patterns.  The bulk of this pollution is created in developed countries; Africa’s contribution to global CO2 emissions is very low.  But, TROPICAL DEFORESTATION accounts for almost 15% of annual CO2 emissions, more than every car, truck, and plane in the world.

In order to combat global climate change, it is clear that deforestation and land degradation need to be addressed in continents like Africa, and that the polluters (primarily developed countries) should help to pay these costs.  CO2 is absorbed by trees, shrubs and the soil.  Where the number, species, and weight of all trees and soil carbon can be scientifically documented, as well as for other living biomass such as shrubs and grasses, these credits can be sold in the international market.  The global carbon market thus aims to sell carbon credits to international companies who wish to offset their CO2 emissions.  This money can go into paying developing countries to protect forests, and reduce emissions due to deforestation and forest degradation.  These payments must be to projects that are certified and independently verified by external auditors.

 

The United Nations calls these projects REDUCED EMISSIONS FROM DEFORESTATION AND DEGRADATION (REDD) projects.  Wildlife Works Carbon has established the first, and currently only, REDD project in Africa that has been validated by external auditors.  This is a tremendous achievement, and responsibility, as there are many projects around the world trying to become REDD certified projects.  WWC has been able to sell the largest amount of REDD credits in Africa so far of any NGO or company. The process necessary to prove that a REDD project is genuine is very complex and expensive.  WWC invested these costs up-front.

Obviously, the support and partnership of landowners and local communities is paramount to the success of a project like this.  That is why the theme of this newsletter is ‘ushirikiano’ (partnership).  This philosophy, as set by the Wildlife Works Ltd. Precedent for over 10 years, underpins the work of WWC.  It is especially important to WWC, as REDD projects typically last for 20 years or more.  This means that carbon credit sales are consistent year after year, as long as the forest is protected.

WWC knows that many people depend upon natural resources for their primary livelihoods in the Taita-Taveta area.  The Rukinga-Kasigau Corridor REDD project aims to help people develop sustainable natural resource management as well as alternative livelihood opportunities.  To that end, WWC aims to work closely, and in partnership with, local communities to identify the opportunities for carbon to improve people’s lives.

WILDLIFE WORKS CARBON – OUR ROLE

  • · All the expenses of documenting the REDD Project, getting it audited, selling the carbon units and helping landowners to protect the land from unsustainable uses every year is the role of WWC.
  • · WWC has to scientifically sample the biomass.
  • In partnership with local communities to identify priorities, WWC will invest in community development projects in communities that help us to protect the carbon.

CARBON CONSERVATION EASEMENT AGREEMENTS

 

We have now entered into Carbon Easement agreements with 11 Group Ranches in the area.

An easement is the right to use aspects of someone’s property without owning it. A Carbon Easement agreement is NOT a sale of land; it accords the CARBON RIGHTS of an area to WWC. This means that landowners still own their land and rights to it such as tourism and some livestock.  WWC will pay landowners annually to manage their land in a conservation-friendly way.  The easement agreement means that landowners agree to limit logging, over-grazing, charcoal production and agricultural conversion on their land in exchange for an annual payment from carbon sales.  Landowners can freely exit this easement agreement if they so wish, though we at WWC hope this will not be the case!  WWC has hired a number of youths from local communities and purchased new vehicles to help landowners to protect their carbon stocks.  WWC’s ranger teams are lead by Mr. Eric Sagwe, who was born in the Maungu area.

We would like to congratulate our new rangers who were recruited in 2010. Seventy people qualified to become WWC Rangers. We are still building new ranger camps, but already we have taken on the first thirty new recruits:

1. Stephen Mswahilii – Makwasinyi 2. Elemu Lokichari – Miasenyi

3. Simon Kiprop – ex Taita Ranch 4. Boniface Mnyambo – Wworks

5. Nicholas Rono – ex Taita Ranch 6. Dominic Kivuva – Maungu

7. Peter Anelico – Mwatambe 8. Emmanuel Ndurya – Kale

9. Mohamed Abdalla – Maungu 10. Federick Kyalo – Mackinnon rd

11. Joshua Thuranira – Maungu 12. Daniel Ngazi Kombo – Itinyi

13. Jumaa Chiboya- Sasenyi 14. Chrispin Mazoza – Mwatate

15. Paul Msheshe – Sagalla 16. Evans Mwachoki – Maungu

17. Ayub Lalo – Mackinnon rd 18. Omari A Wanjala – Maungu

19. Stephen Mwalimo – Kibaoni 20. Jackson Ngiyo – Marungu

21. Peter Nyamoko – Lockichogia 22. Moses Lorewa – ex Taita Ranch

23. Lalo M Lalo- Mackinnon rd 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

Future Progress

 

The Ranches that have signed up to Phase II REDD are Kambanga Ranch, Dawida Ranch, Wushumbu Ranch, Amaka Ranch, Taita Ranch, Wangala Ranch, Sagalla Ranch, Ndara Ranch, Mgeno Ranch, Maungu Ranch, and last but not least, Kasigau Ranch.

 

Currently, Carbon Plot teams are collecting data for every ranch to see how much Carbon is in each Ranch. At the end of 2010, WWC hopes to sell the carbon credits on the market just like gold or coffee.  The money raised will be used to pay landowners, cover WWC’s costs and invest into communities in 2011 and beyond.

 

The next step is that WWC will be holding barazas with communities to provide regular feedback about WWC activities and to seek input into community development priorities that could be supported from 2011.  Funds will be limited but we hope to support projects that will benefit the most people and help to protect the carbon.

 

Please feel free to contact us at Wildlife Works Carbon with any advice, suggestions or concerns.  WWC can be contacted through:

 

Mr. Lenjo Lauren, Community Manager Mobile 0722 281 851

Ms. Lara Cowan, Carbon Office Mobile 0752 474717

Mr. Rob Dodson Director Mobile 0722 530024

Main Office 02080 30575

P O Box 310 – 80300 Voi

 

Karibu

Karibu means Welcome in Swahili.

This is the pre pre relaunch blog of Wildlife Works, which was started in 1997 by the visionary Mike Korchinsky.

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Mike’s first trip to Africa for vacation 14 years ago launched him into a lifetime’s work to save Africa’s wildlife. He saw a cycle of violence between the rangers, poachers and wildlife that prevented any chance for long-term, sustainable solutions for the community. He quit the consulting company he started and sold, purchased 80,000 acres of land in East Kenya to build his vision for Wildlife Works, an apparel production company advancing economic and social solutions for communities where wildlife survival is threatened.

Currently, over 500,000 acres of land in Rukinga is under Wildlife Works’ protection and over 200 jobs have been provided, making Wildlife Works the largest job provider in the area of 45,000 residents.

We will be posting stories from the African bush where we are catching poachers, building schools, rehabilitating wildlife, saving trees and challenging the limits in sustainable fashion design.

Visit us often. Our new website, designs and Facebook page coming soon!

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.