The Green Belt Movement has been initiating and supporting community tree planting projects in Kenya for over 30 years. This project will support communities who live in the Mathira District by the Mt Kenya Forest Ecosystem to restore degraded forest and manage their resources sustainably. Tree nurseries will be established and tree planting will take place on farms and public land. The project will also include civic and environmental education workshops to promote and address the interlinked challenges of environment, poverty and democracy.
This project is supporting tree nurseries in Kirimukuyu and Konyu locations of Mathira constituency. The local community members have formed groups to manage the tree nurseries, raise and plant seedlings in 6 sub locations. The tree nursery members also practice initiatives of sustainable agriculture on their farms. The nurseries planted 39,351 trees on forest sites and contributed 139,931 trees to other GBM projects. The tree nursery members also attends climate change, adaptation and mitigation workshop organized by GBM. The planted trees are protected and weeded by 4 green rangers who have also helped the nursery members to replace planted trees that have been destroyed.
The tree nurseries, consisting of rural women and their communities, in Mathira District are currently preparing the ground, watering and tending the tree seedlings in preparation of the tree planting, which will take place during the long rains in March and April. Furthermore, GBM is currently mapping and analysing the project area and the trees planted in 2011. In order to do so, GBM uses a Geographic Information System (GIS) technology for data collection, mapping and analysis.