1,210 acres (490 hectares)
Kenya - Western Province, Kakamega Forest Reserve
Rainforest Alliance Evaluation:
Validated conformance with the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards, 2nd Ed., Gold Level: November 25th, 2009 – November 24th 2014 (RA-VAL-CCB-011513)
This reforestation project is located in the Kakamega Forest, adjacent to both the Lake Victoria basin and the Great Rift Valley's Nandi Escarpment. In spite of the Kakamega Forest's protected status, nearly 50 percent of the forest area in this lowland rainforest has been lost over the past 70 years. It is Kenya’s only remaining lowland rainforest and has been designated a priority conservation region by the World Conservation Union—in part because it contains many endemic species. The project achieved "Gold Level" validation under the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards for its commitment to providing opportunities to, and improving the quality-of-life for, the local community. (In 1999, the regional poverty rate was more than 52 percent.) The project was also recognized for its climate change adaptation activities, including innovative reforestation work and practices to reduce soil erosion.