Africa’s tropical belt is one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world. Millions of people across the continent have already been displaced due to drought, famine and conflict. Desertification has already taken its toll in northern regions and its creeping southward because of resource-hungry humans and climate change. The humanitarian crisis is adding to the environmental crisis. Without aggressive intervention, it will escalate and the ecosystem as we know it will collapse.
In Kenya, for example, Mt. Kenya is the main source of all water. That water also is used to generate 60 percent of electricity used across the country. Unsustainable use of forest resources (water, timber, firewood) is threatening the forests and the local livelihoods. In addition to the problems of rampant wildlife poaching of endangered species and the crippling effects of climate change, the destruction of indigenous trees by villagers is causing devastating deforestation.
Biodiversity is under assault like never before and the web of life could collapse in some regions of the world within a few years. Each regional collapse will contribute to the global spiral. Eastern Africa is one region that’s at a critical point now. Momentum is already working against us and some fundamental priorities must emerge for immediate action and lasting impact.
To help reverse the negative deforestation trend in East Africa, Sacred Seedlings (a division of Earth Tones) is collaborating with regional NGOs, government leaders, community leaders and other leaders to implement several comprehensive and integrated efforts to assure sustainability in the region for human and wildlife populations. We are working with locals across East Africa to develop a collection of conservation projects that promote economic development and sustainability simultaneously.
Thanks to collaborative and comprehensive planning by enthusiastic leaders in Kenya and Tanzania, we have a plan for a massive conservation program in Eastern Africa. These diverse stakeholders are feeling the pressures of climate change. They believe in a shift to greater sustainability. They sense the urgency of more comprehensive wildlife conservation strategies, including aggressive community engagement, education and economic development.
These projects will help us all fight climate change, while protecting endangered species and their habitats. We can help save an endangered ecosystem and its endangered communities, but there isn’t time to waste. For more information about wildlife conservation and forest conservation in Africa, please visit http://sacredseedlings.com/east-africa-projects/