Reafforestation of a stretch of River Athi(Kenya) from Kasuitu to MAVWASCO,39 bridge treatment plant.
River Athi is the second longest river in Kenya covering 390kms before draining into Indian Ocean. Nairobi national park is it’s source and Mavoko municipality(where this reafforestation project will be based) is a town 26kms out of Kenya’s Capital city ,Nairobi.
Initially the area had substantial trees cover but they have been depleted by a number of human activities,chief among them, cultivation along the river banks.
A total of 12,000 trees will be planted during this period.
The reafforestation efforts will cover a stretch of 5kms which runs from Kasuitu to MAVWASCO 39 bridge treatment plant.It will cover both sides of the river bank spanning to a maximum of 6 metres from each side of the river.
The project will cover original riparian reserves which have been encroached by farmers.
To ensure maximum communal participation, the affected farmers will be incentivized to care for the trees, by provision of a total of 1200 mango and avocado trees seedlings ,so as to practice agroforestry.
This exercise will serve a triple purpose by first contributing to efforts of saving the critical waterbody, secondly by keeping alive the riparian vegetation which acts as a water filter, stabilizer of the river bank and regulation of the water temperature by providing shade. Lastly by contributing to efforts to replenish a depleted forest cover in Kenya.
The total estimated cost is USD 5000 which translates to an average cost of USD 0.41 per tree.
This funds will be channeled to Safe Environment advocacy which is in its pre-registration stage and would be fully registered by early July.
Thanks in advance for participating in this cause.