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Nature Kenya

NGO founded: 1909

Partnership with WLT formed: 2009

Organisation’s aim: Connecting nature and people, to promote the study of conservation in the east of Africa.

Partner history

Nature Kenya is the Kenyan branch of the East Africa Natural History Society, the oldest conservation organisation in Africa. Initially the organisation was formed by a few individuals to study the plants and wildlife of Kenya.

Partnership with WLT

WLT was introduced to Nature Kenya in 2006 at the partners’ symposium in the Netherlands, run by WLT and IUCN-NL. After discussing the possibility of helping with land purchase, WLT went on a site visit to Kenya to assess the feasibility of a partnership and a proposal was later submitted for a land purchase in the Kinangop Plateau.

FoKP planting tussock grass
A community group working with Nature Kenya, called Friends of Kinangop Plateau (FoKP), planting native tussock grass on the Kinangop Plateau. Photo © Phoebe Munyoro/Nature Kenya Youth Committee.

Projects with WLT

Kenyan Grasslands appeal

WLT has helped create the Leleshwa Reserve, protecting threatened tussock grassland in the Kinangop Plateau. WLT is raising funds to protect the Kenyan grasslands while there is still time.

Other projects and activities

  • Habitat and biodiversity monitoring, particularly in Important Bird Areas (IBAs) to identify areas in need of protection;
  • Community volunteer group works with Nature Kenya to help monitor the Kinangop Grasslands and raise awareness of environmental issues;
  • Running eco-resource centres as a base to train local volunteers and guides, as well as host school groups to teach about conservation issues;
  • Publishing research in scientific journals.

Awards and achievements

2012: In July Nature Kenya received a Total Eco Challenge Gold Award for inpsiring projects that planted one million trees. Total's Eco Challenge recognises tree planting efforts across Kenya.

Contact details: 

Executive Director: Paul Matiku

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