The Forest Challenge is the premier forestry conservation event in Kenya and the only kind in the region that allows teams to take part in competitive but fun activities in a forest, while raising awareness on forests and rehabilitating water towers as well as critical forest sites.
Why is Forest Conservation Important?
Kenya’s forests are rapidly declining, with 0.3% deforestation taking place each year due to pressure from increased population, fuel wood, building material and other land uses.
According to Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) 2010 Forest Resources Assessment Report, Kenya’s forests cover 3.47 million ha or 6 % of the total land area.
Kenya requires KES. 7.6 billion annually to purchase 384 million seedlings in order to meet the United Nations’ requirement of a 10% forest cover by the year 2030.
History of the Event
The first forest challenge took place between 11th and 12th December 2014 while the second took place on 12th and 13th December 2015. The past events saw environmental enthusiasts and corporates take part in activities within the South Aberdare Forest organized by East African Wild Life Society (EAWLS) and Kijabe Environment Volunteers (KENVO).
The Forest Challenge 2016 Event
This year’s event is slated to take place on 10th and 11th December 2015 and will be hosted at Keriita Forest in South Aberdares.
The main objectives of the 2016 event are:
– To raise awareness on forests in Kenya
– To raise funding to go into the conservation of forests in Kenya
– To establish partnerships between conservation organisations and local communities
– To create a sense of responsibility in carbon footprint and responsiveness among Kenyans.