Despite previous progress made to restore the forests and animal habitats of Mount Kenya National Park, forest degradation has increased over the years. Illegal logging, and over-extraction of water, along with ivory and bushmeat poaching, have seriously damaged the ecosystem. In less than five years, overall illegal activity has increased by 51%.
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, funds for antipoaching and illegal activities patrols have been cut as these depended on tourism. As a result, the capacity to ensure sustained patrols throughout 2020 has been seriously reduced. Emergency funding is needed if conservation and protection measures are to continue.
The goal of this project is to decrease and deter illegal activities, protect critical wildlife and water catchment ecosystem on the Mount Kenya National Park and Reserve.
- Conduct daily patrols and arrest any culprits;
- Provide necessary food and equipment to rangers.
This project is a part of the IUCN SOS African Wildlife initiative, which is funded by the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG Devco) through its B4Life initiative.