Duma Team Chyulu Update: 01 December 2009
James Mbuthia Julius Kyalo Daniel Lekoiten John Wahome Samuel Adero Peter Wambua David Wambua
Introduction The pressure by the people on protected areas is a constant challenge to conservation. The illegal exploitation of natural resources will in the long run affect local communities and the country as a whole as they are short term solutions to ever recurring problems. While the efforts of conservation organizations are notable, the underlying drivers to these problems need to be constantly investigated and acted on.
Patrol objectives • To identify illegal activities in the forest • To map the area and mark snaring spots • To document project findings • To lift snares and apprehend those engaged in illegal activities
During the course of this month the areas covered included the Kibewzi forest, and KARI ranch at Makindu
45 SNARES COLLECTED 19 ARRESTS – 4 Bushmeat poachers
INTRODUCTION With the onset of the heavy rains, the poaching activities are bound to change. This is due to the fact that some poachers take advantage of the rains to plant their crops and tend to their lands. Human wildlife conflict in terms of animals moving into community lands reduces as there is now enough food and water for them in the park. Vegetation becomes denser and snares are harder to see as they are covered by the new foliage.
Kibwezi forest The team patrolled the Kibwezi forest and were able to arrest 15 charcoal burners at isolated points around the Kenze and Wayani areas.
KARI The patrol of the KARI ranch was done in order to carry out an impromptu visit on a poaching hotspot. The team sneaked into the ranch and set up camp for the period of a week. The hideouts and operations area had been last visited in October and several bushmeat poachers had been arrested.
COMMUNITY AWARENESS The development of woodlots on the community lands will reduce the overdependence of communities on the forest and parks for wood fuel and charcoal and hopefully provide a long term solution to the problem.
As part of a tree planting project the team distributed 200 seedlings for planting to the community at Nduti near the Kibwezi forest. The trees will provide shade to the naked homesteads.
The team leader organized a video show at Usalama shopping center which was attended by community members.
Report by James Mbuthia