Reforestation – Sustainability Report May 2018

Changing weather patterns and extreme weather conditions are some of the effects of climate change felt in Masai Mara and across the globe. To combat additional environmental conditions such as degradation of the riverine, soil erosion and land degradation, Basecamp Explorer established the only typical forest along the Talek River in the Masai Mara region in Kenya. The trees planted in the Basecamp plantation have helped establish a conserved forest which now serves as a home to over 300 identified bird species and other small wildlife.

The Basecamp tree plantation holds over 100,000 indigenous trees which have greatly improved the climatic conditions in the Talek region. From a bare and drought stricken region, the tree plantation has created a micro climatic region with increased rainfall and birdlife. Additionally, Basecamp has established the only nursery in the western region of Masai Mara which includes unique indigenous trees whose species would otherwise be lost.

From 2017 onwards, BCEK will plant 250,000 trees in the next 3 years and scale that up to 500,000 trees in five years. With an aim to be an exemplary organization in conservation, Basecamp has secured over 400 acres of land to set up a nature forest with activities such as bird watching, cycling and jogging. Additional financial support will enable Basecamp acquire more land and put up a better electric fence to protect the trees from destruction from wildlife.

BCEK is currently operating at a Carbon positive level. We absorb more than we emit and our aim is to be Carbon positive inclusive of all guest travel with us by end of 2019.


Monitoring and Evaluation of the project

Aim

Revive the Talek river ecosystem and address deforestation and ground erosion

Input

Seedlings
Equipment
Personnel

Activities

Planting and maintaining the trees to maturity

Indicators

Number of indigenous trees planted

Output

Establish forest area holding up to 500,000 trees in 5 years

Outcome

Established microclimate
Increase in rainfall, birds, and wildlife

Impact

Climate change mitigation, adaptation, and prevention of soil erosion


Figures for the project

Figures as at end of 2017 (Since project inception)

Over 100,000 trees

2017 only

15,000 trees

2018 Projection

100,000 trees

Qualitative milestones for 2018

Restore local plant species which will attract more birds and wildlife species
Improve microclimate through restoration and increase in carbon storage within the plantation
Increase tree cover and reduce encroachment of protected area from the market center

Project Needs for 2018 (USD)

USD 50,000


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