Tree planting in Kenya
Great Rift Valley, Kenya • Tree planting & Agroforestry
Kenya is an incredibly beautiful place from the creativity of the people to its diversity of its landscapes and wildlife. From the highlands to the coast, Kenya has an incredible diversity of forest types that have long-supported communities and wildlife. The cultural and ecological heritage of Kenya’s forests is vibrant and unique, but the management of them in recent decades has been unsustainable.
Eden Reforestation Projects is a non-profit organization, recognized as one of the most cost-effective reforestation projects on the planet. They are active in eight countries, working at 170+ project sites. Eden Reforestation Projects started working with the local community to replant and protect Kenya’s forest systems in 2019. Eden Reforestation Projects is working in 2 distinct regions within Kenya: the Great Rift Valley and the Northern Coast. In partnership with a local organization, Eden Reforestation Projects is planting afromontane species within the Kijabe Forest. The reforestation efforts in the Northern Coast focuses on planting mangrove and coastal forest species. The international team in Kenya has planted almost 5 million trees so far and is continuing to expand planting efforts.
In Kenya, Eden works in the 5,000-hectare protected Kijabe Forest. The Kijabe Forest sits in a complex, dynamic landscape. About 1.5 hours from Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, the forest grows on the steep edges of the Great Rift Valley. Once home to herds of buffalo, leopards, and elephants, this forest is an essential home and corridor for wildlife. Animals use this area to move between the Rift Valley’s dry floor and the Kenyan highlands’ protected, lush forests. As one of Kenya’s five nationally-significant water towers, the forest channels water to the surrounding communities and country. Over the past 15 years, the forest has been cleared for charcoal and timber, reducing the number of permanent rivers flowing from eight to one. Additionally, rains have become unreliable, catastrophic landslides have taken lives and damaged important infrastructure, and peoples’ livelihood options have suffered. Ask anyone around the forest — the impacts of deforestation are clear.
Eden partners with a local forest trust, the Kijabe Forest Trust, regional and national government institutions, and the surrounding agricultural and pastoral communities to restore this crucial forest. We are working to re-establish a sustainable water supply through protecting and replanting around springs and rivers, restoring habitat for wildlife, stabilizing steep slopes prone to landslides, and securing livelihoods. Over the past couple of years, Eden has expanded its operations in Kenya to the Mau Region, the Meru Region, the Tana River Delta, and Nakuru county. Tree planting in Kenya provides habitat for wildlife, sustainable economic opportunities for local families, a reliable water supply, and landslide protection.
This project is not (yet) verified by a third-party carbon standard, but Eden Reforestation Projects is one of the worlds’ most-renowned tree-planting companies in the world. They are an official partner of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, pledging to plant 500 million trees by 2025. Eden Reforestation Projects has planted more than 485 million trees so far, creating more than 4,8 million workdays.
United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals
Great Rift valley reforestation
Regreener and our tree planting partner Eden Reforestation Projects share the same vision as the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We are proud to highlight the 10 United Nations Sustainable Development initiatives that we meet:
End poverty in all its forms everywhere
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Reduce inequality within and among countries
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development