Resource Details

Trends in forest condition, threats and conservation action as derived from participatory monitoring in coastal Kenya

Literature: Journal Articles

Ndang’ang’a, P. K., Barasa, F. M., Kariuki, M. N., and Muoria, P. (2016). Trends in forest condition, threats and conservation action as derived from participatory monitoring in coastal Kenya. Africa Journal of Ecology, 54: 76-86.

Contact Info

kariuki.ndanganga@birdlife.org

Affiliations

Birdlife International
Nature Kenya

Link(s)

 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/aje.12272/epdf

Description

  • Coastal forests of Kenya are home to a wide array of plant and animal biodiversity with many species considered threatened or endangederd, making it an area of high conservation priority. This paper employs monitoring techniques that involve giving data collecting responsibilities to the local people in the region.
  • The researchers specified simple indicators that could be measured and tracked through time to understand causes and trends of forest degradation and to monitor the progress of conservation actions.
  • While this paper noted the potential unreliability of the data collected by local people, the researchers stressed the importance of capacity building, awareness of forest degredation, and relationship building between the local community and outside organizations to help improve forest restoration.
  • The results of this study showed that, based on the indicators, forest deterioration still persisted and illegal logging was rampant. Therefore, more protection measures were needed in these forests.
 

Geographical Region

  • East Africa
  • Country

  • Kenya
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