This project promotes the planting and distribution of indigenous grass and tree seedlings on the slopes of Mount Marsabit in Northern Kenya. Mount Marsabit forest is a crucial water tower for local communities of people and wildlife populations. It also serves as a water source for several oases scattered in the vast arid deserts below. Despite its importance, the forest faces various human-induced and natural threats that have resulted in acute water shortage, regional famine and conflict amongst tribal communities. The project, which started as independent undergraduate research aimed at mapping out potential reforestation sites and finding long-term solutions to the challenges faced, morphed into an actual hands-on project that positively affects people’s lives and the environment. It is no longer solely a singular research endeavour because with the support of the local communities, and we are now working together to reforest, re-grass and renew this remarkable desert oasis by donating water tanks, seedlings and seed balls to the local communities and groups.
By 2025, we, in partnership with the Kenya Forest Service, the people of Marsabit and donor support, will begin restoration of the HulaHula forest block, Mount Marsabit.