Eburu Forest-Lake Naivasha Wildlife Corridor Initiative
Due to its relatively small size and its status as a natural forest, Eburu forest has traditionally not received much management attention. It has also not been viewed as a potential source of significant revenue, and as such was not given priority in allocation of manpower and other resources. It also suffers unsecured forest boundaries, habitat degradation, loss of wildlife, low public and community knowledge. This has posed a grave threat to wildlife species including the mountain bongo antelope.
With financial support from key donors, namely M-Pesa Foundation, the Government of Kenya (through the Treasury) and Finlays, a comprehensive set of project activities covering an initial 4-year period (Phase I) was undertaken to address conservation challenges facing this ecosystem.
The project has provided an effective, results-oriented platform for stakeholders to address the twin challenges of human/ wildlife conflict and wildlife welfare in the area between Eburu forest and Lake Naivasha. Fencing of the Eastern boundary of the Eburu-Lake Naivasha wildlife corridor has decreased human-wildlife conflicts in the Eburu settlement as well as offered permanent employment for 12 local community members.