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The role of bamboo in landscape restoration | GreenPot
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Restore & Preserve

Restoration of the ecological integrity of degraded landscapes in Kenya is key for GPE. We are educating communities around us on preserving what is currently there as we work on restoring deforested and degraded forest landscapes one bamboo tree at a time.

Recently the government through the Ministry of Environment has committed to the restoration of 5.1 million hectares of forests in Kenya. The conversation on Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) is a global one with different organisations setting targets of land that should be restored by 2020.

GreenPot is certainly part of the conversation in Kenya; we are part of the technical working group led by Kenya Forest Service and supported by other stakeholders from different fields e.g wildlife, conservation and agroforestry.

Bamboo’s environmental strengths make it an obvious choice for Forest Landscape Restoration and GreenPot is proactive in ensuring that of the 5.1 million hectares, a sizeable percentage will be bamboo. We are not only growing bamboo but in the areas where we work, we are educating the communities on the importance of restoring and maintaining the ecological integrity of their land. Afforestation is one way they are doing this.

Majority of the population rely on wood and charcoal for fuel and this had contributed to destruction of forests. Deforestation of Kenya’s water towers has had negative effects on the economy because the country depends directly on the eco-system- despite major development of other sectors, agriculture is the most dominant industry.

Backing the Green Pot Gated Community concept allows investors to impact the society positively and on a global scale. Forests have a direct impact on human and animal welfare. They maintain biological diversity and the carbon and water cycles; this impacts society at a local level but is significant globally. Deforestation has played a huge role in climate change. These negative effects can be reversed by afforestation and sustainable use of forests.

Kenya has an estimated forest cover of 7%. We are 3% short of the constitutionally required 10%. The general assumption is that it is the government’s responsibility to increase forest cover; however, research indicates that countries that have succeeded in increasing and sustaining forest cover have achieved this through concerted efforts of private citizens. Government supported Sustainable Forest Management strategies are in place in Finland (75% of the total land area is covered in forests); a success story in private forest ownership.

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