Environmental, social and economic assessment of the fencing of the Aberdare Conservation Area
This study was carried out to assess the environmental, social and economic effects of the electrifi ed fence around the Aberdare Conservation Area – a length of fence of nearly 400 km. The construction of the fence took nearly twenty years of planning, fund raising and mobilization of government, donor,
private partners and adjacent communities’ resources.
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Aerial survey of forests. At the request of Rhino Ark, UNEP, Kenya Wildlife Service and the Kenya Forests Working Group undertook an aerial survey of the destruction of the Aberdare Range forests. The Aberdare forests are one of Kenya's five main "water towers" and play a critical role in supporting the country's economy. The report of the survey was launched in June 2003. It revealed wanton destruction brought upon this critical ecosystem.
Aerial survey of forests. Kenya Wildlife Service undertook an aerial survey of Mt. Kenya forests with the support of UNEP from February to June 1999. The main objective was to provide factual documentation on the extent and nature of human impacts on Mt. Kenya forests. The report triggered major policy responses at the national level.
Following the 1999 aerial survey, the entire forest belt of Mt. Kenya were gazetted as National Reserve and placed under the management of Kenya Wildlife Service. In 2002, a new study was undertaken to assess the effectiveness of the new management practices put in place since 2000. The study report revealed significant improvement in the state of conservation of the forests.
Aerial survey of forests. At the request of UNDP, UNEP, Kenya Wildlife Service, University of Bayreuth and the Wildlife Conservation Society of Tanzania, have undertook an aerial survey of the threats to Mt. Kilimanjaro forests in August-September 2001. The report was launched in June 2002 by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism.
Vanishing icecap of Kilimanjaro. During the 2001 survey of Mt. Kilimanjaro forests, UNEP and KWS assessed changes in the glaciers of the top of Africa. Over the last 38 years some 55 percent of the glacier area has disappeared.
Shrinking forests of Kilimanjaro. A recent study based on satellite imagery carried out by the University of Bayreuth with support of UNEP revealed major changes in the upper forest zone of Kilimanjaro between 1976 and 2000 due to recurrent fires.