Kenya currently has one of the lowest forest cover percentages of 8% compared to the global average of 30%. The combination of logging, charcoal burning, and illegal settlements all contribute to the loss of forests.
Why restore in Kenya?
Located on the eastern coast of Africa, Kenya is a country famous for its diverse wildlife and wide range of forest types that have long supported its communities. However, in recent decades these forests have experienced extreme environmental degradation. Human activities such as logging, charcoal burning, and illegal settling to create farmland are significant factors of deforestation. This has caused an increase in severe drought and extreme poverty. As a result, Kenya has committed to its reforestation, specifically looking to achieve a 10% forest cover, and we are working closely with the government to help accomplish these commitments.
25% of the population
live below the poverty line
of Kenya is covered with forest
How we started
In late 2019, we started working with the local community, a local forest trust, and regional and national government institutions to establish our office, planting sites, and nurseries. Through their relentless determination to restore Kenya and protect the land, our team began working in March 2020, despite a global pandemic. In that first month, our team planted over 50,000 trees and since then have continued to increase their planting rate in various locations across the country, making Eden one of the government’s largest restoration partners in Kenya.
Where we're working
The Great Rift Valley
- In partnership with Kijabe Forest Trust
- Afromontane reforestation and Kenya restoration projects
- Provides habitat for wildlife, sustainable economic opportunities for local families, a reliable water supply, and landslide protection
- In partnership with David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
- Mangrove and coastal forest habitats
- Provides employment to those living in extreme poverty, in addition to restoring key habitats that support livelihoods and cultural heritage
Our progress to date
By rapidly scaling our teams and operations, we are now one of the largest, most efficient restoration organization in Kenya. With 26 project sites across the country, we are re-establishing a sustainable water supply through protecting and replanting around springs and rivers, restoring critical habitat for wildlife, stabilizing steep slopes prone to landslides, and securing livelihoods.
employed in underserved geographies