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Amboseli, Kenya

Keeping the wildlife in Amboseli

Overview

Keeping the wildlife in Amboseli

Justdiggit is bringing back hundreds of hectares of forest cover to Amboseli National Park, which holds one of the largest elephant populations in Kenya.

Amboseli National Park is one of the most famous wildlife parks in the world. Unfortunately, the park and surrounding areas are severely effected by extreme droughts of several years.

Until now we have succesfully re-greened 1,250 hectares of grass- and woodland in and around Amboseli National Park, together with our local implementation partner the Amboseli Ecosystem Trust (AET) and Maasai communities.

We use a combination of ancient and new techniques focusing on grazing management and rain water harvesting. The traditional Maasai Olopololi plots have enabled badly degraded lands to recover from extensive grazing and temporary elephant exclosures allow deforested areas to become woodland again, at a surprisingly fast rate!

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Mobilization

Justdiggit strongly feels that the key to success of our projects is mobilization and ownership by local communities. That’s why we are proud to see that our projects have inspired neighboring Maasai groups to follow the good examples on their own initiative. This resulted in multiple new Olopololi plots already! Another important result is knowledge sharing between this project and the projects in Kuku, Kenya. With little help, the Maasai community took further initiative, combining a new Olopololi plot with rainwater bunds to speed up the process of vegetation recovery!

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