The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is excited to announce a new partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects and Lamu Conservation Trust in Lamu County, which will not only expand our existing tree-planting efforts, but begin the restoration of severely degraded mangrove forests along the coast.
The SWT has been involved in Lamu County for the past decade, working with the Lamu Conservation Trust (LCT) since 2011, and Kenya Forest Service since 2014, to protect over 100,000 acres of pristine wilderness on Amu and Witu Ranch in Kenya's Northern Coast line. Here we have a successful, terrestrial, reforestation project; however, our new partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects aims to not only expand our existing tree-planting efforts, but begin the restoration of severely degraded mangrove forests along the coast.
On Thursday, 2nd July 2020, Eden kicked off the project by planting 6,236 propagules (special mangrove seeds which have already started to germinate on the tree). This was done hand-in-hand with eager volunteers from LCT and Eden’s newest employees, all of whom have been sourced through a local, volunteer-based, Beach Management Unit that has been instrumental in fighting cases of mangrove deforestation in recent years.