Tree planting season launched

James Mwang’ombe is the project manager for the Sagalla Caecilian (Boulengerula niedeni) conservation project in Kenya. One of the projects activities is the planting of indigenous trees in an effort to rehabilitate the habitats that the sagalle caecilian uses. Here, James gives us an update on how the project is progressing.

Tree planting season launched

Following the ongoing rains, tree planting begun in the whole of the project area. The first week of April 2011 has been the tree planting week for all the primary schools in the project area. Each school offered a site on which its pupils/students undertook tree planting. This also applied to community land and also private land. The project provided tree seedlings through purchase from community nurseries and distributed to the farmers for planting. At the closure of the schools for the April vacation, the primary pupils had participated in planting 6,098 seedlings in five schools.

A Caecilian Expert Boosts Awareness Creation Efforts

Senior researchers from the National Museums of Kenya led by Dr. Patrick Malonza visited the project area for more awareness creation and ecological survey of the Sagalla caecilian for a period of about two weeks. During their stay, they will visit the forest area and private land for their surveys.

In one of the school visits Dr. Malonza mentioned that although they were yet to draw conclusions, they have noticed through their survey that there are indications that the population of the species may have risen. He promised to share more of the results of their survey work once firm conclusions have been drawn.

If you would like to help support EDGE amphibians such as the sagalla caecilian you can do so here.


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  1. Richard Lynch said,

    on May 5th, 2011 at 2:53 am

    I am very heartened to see a conservation effort that, at its “roots”, helps indigenous people to better appreciate and become stewards of their native species. Cheers! Richard in NYC, USA.

  2. on May 24th, 2011 at 9:26 am

    am happy to see my conservation work in your web.

  3. John Mlamba said,

    on June 15th, 2011 at 11:50 am

    The conservation efforts in Sagalla received a boost when it was chosen as this year’s site for the Taita Taveta County Zonal Tree planting Launch by the Kenya Forestry Service drawing senior level Government Officers to the site. Taita Taveta Wildlife Forum through which the project is being implemented is encouraged by this support.

    Already community attitudes that favor the conservation of the caecilian show marked improvement and it is hoped that the suggestion by National Museums of Kenya that there could be a positive trend in its population can be a pointer to this change.

  4. RJ Laganse said,

    on June 25th, 2011 at 10:24 am

    The Tree Planting Event which was held in Kenya is a step in order to help our Mother Earth in preventing global warming effect. As what the students in Kenya did in their place in order to protect their environment, we can do it also. Save and Support our Mother Earth today.

  5. on July 1st, 2011 at 9:25 am

    I commend you for the great work you are doing.

    I am a expert-branding and creative communication-interested in partnering with green initiatives like the one you are working on. Could you give me more details so I can be involved in your future endevours.

    Kind regards

    Benjamin Luta

  6. on July 1st, 2011 at 9:35 am

    As the project officer on the ground,i have noted that conservation work without making efforts for the community to see direct benefits are all in vain.more over,conservation goals are to be achieved for a long time.this mean that the tree planted in this season will benefit the next generation.
    however i suggest that conservationist should come up with a way of conserving with mutual benefits.
    example:in sagalla farmers were supplied with tissue culture bananas to act as food security in future.why tissue culture is because they multiply fast and bring quick benefit to a farmer.with this both farmer and the targeted specie will be benefiting at the same time

  7. .Basil said,

    on July 7th, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    more awareness and advocacy is needed to the local community to counter the effects of climate change and improve the livelihoods of the locals. through the tree planting, water catchment areas will be restored.

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