Increased biodiversity: with more than 80’000 trees planted to date, the BCMM has become a haven for over 300 bird species and 80 – even previously extinct – plant species that have been eradicated outside of this area.
CO2 offsetting: by the end of 2019 Basecamp Explorer Kenya will plant 250’000 more trees on 100 additional acres surrounding the BCMM camp site, offsetting approximately 100’000 tons (for a period of 20 years) of carbon emissions caused by its tourism operations
Community development: the sustainable reforestation project also covers critical community development initiatives, such as waste management or a reliable access to water, mitigating the human-wildlife conflict especially during dry seasons; furthermore, people benefit from increased access to medical plants and fire wood
Capacity building and empowerment of people: Basecamp Explorer Kenya will train and employ local Maasai to set-up and run the seedling nursery, plant the trees, and implement the associated community development projects
Scalable model: the reforestation project serves as a show case area of “resilience against drought”; the reforestation area can be used as a grass bank for the partner families who have leased their land for the project.
The Basecamp reforestation area has grown by an additional 25,000 trees in the first half of 2018 with an additional 15,000 seedlings in the nursery awaiting transplanting. The target number of trees to be planted over the next few months is 100,000 trees.
This initiative has generated a lot of interest in the community. Over the first 6 months of 2018, about 6 schools both primary and secondary visited the nature project to learn about the importance of conservation and reforestation. In addition to the students who went on to plant trees in their schools, the local Maasai community are also planting indigenous trees in their homesteads.