Kijabe Environment Volunteers (KENVO) is a community-based organization engaged in developing sustainable nature conservation programs in the Kikuyu Escarpment Forest. KENVO was formed in 1994 and officially registered in 1996. The major goal of KENVO is to promote conservation of the Kikuyu Escarpment ecosystems, while supporting community livelihoods. KENVO works in a number of key areas including capacity building, forest restoration, youth empowerment, promoting ecotourism, and research.
KENVO has helped improve the livelihood of communities, reduce threats on biodiversity and develop youth leadership. It collaborates with key stakeholders such as government departments, research institutions, private sector, and other development agencies to inform, educate and build the capacity of communities to embrace appropriate conservation practices in a sustainable way.
The biologically rich southern Aberdare forests – the Kikuyu Escarpment forest – and other natural resources will be conserved in whole for their biodiversity importance and support to livelihood of the local community.
KENVO strives to conserve natural habitats in the Kikuyu Escarpment and their biological diversity, by working with local communities and partners to implement conversation projects, in addition to providing conservation information and education.
- To raise community awareness on the value and importance of the local forests, biodiversity and other natural resources through environmental education and awareness campaigns
- To initiate and promote both rural development and environmental-friendly income-generating activities that link community survival to environmental conservation
- To gather information through research on local natural resources and traditional knowledge that augments scientific work in biodiversity conservation
- To ensure that the local forests’ rich biological diversity is conserved with strong support and active participation from the local communities