East Africa's coastal forests are a global biodiversity hotspot, the Shimoni forest supports one of Kenya's top 3 most critical populations of the Angolan black and white colobus and other endangered species. However Shimoni's forest is being lost at an alarming rate due to property development, slash and burn agriculture, illegal logging and recently, charcoal burning - the greatest threat to habitats in East Africa.
Local charcoal burners have told us they would give up charcoal burning if they had an alternative income. This project will help to provide more opportunities to local people which are environmentally friendly and sustainable.
Funding alternative job opportunities and eco tourism will give community members a sustainable income whilst protecting the forest, also educating the children on these issues will help conservation to become a way of life for the people of Shimoni.