ER is more than just 'what we do within the forest area' as what happens outside the forest is key to forest protection. To be successful in the landscape, we have to include farming households, trying to use today's modern technology and agricultural practices, to improve their own economic situation. By reducing the pressure on the forest resources, we can be more successful in protecting the Eburru ecosystem as a whole.
Current ER activities include:
- Community awareness programmes and baraza projects in ten locations focussing on:
Dissemination of information about forest conservation (including fencing and its benefits) and on‐farm conservation;
Providing briefings and updates on Eburru Rafiki land conservation activities;
Demonstration of alternative or higher efficiency domestic energy solutions;
Sharing information and tools on alternative livelihood opportunities especially for those disadvantaged;
Identifying and recruiting youth into a voluntary conservation champions training programme;
Providing opportunities for government resource experts to engage with the communities and;
Briefing communities about the Eburru Participatory Forest Management Plan implementation.
- Support CFA non-exploitive, value-added forest activities
- Secure support for poverty alleviation initiatives for CFA forest edge communities.
- Training community scouts to patrol, run regular de-snaring exercises and secure the forest.
- Training community members to guide school children and all types of visitors wishing to explore the forest.
- Support the implementation of the CFA Participatory Forest Management Plan 2017-2021.
- Support biogas and other energy renewable methods for heating.
- Initiate community education awareness outreach programmes in primary and secondary schools.
- Facilitate citizen science open days within the Forest Reserve.