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The Inkisanjani Area
Collaboration with partner MWCT
After succesfully regreening Enkii, we started to restore the area called Inkisanjani: 400 ha (4 km2) of land which is part of The Kuku Group Ranch in the south of Kenya. The Kuku Group Ranch is home to around 19,000 people, 114,500 ha in size and acts as a critical wildlife corridor.
Due to overgrazing and climate change, the Inkisanjani area is very dry. But we’re changing it! By digging bunds and protecting the area for a certain period of time, we will bring back vegetation, making it useful again for the Inkisanjani community.
The Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust
Within the Inkisanjani area we work together with The Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (MWCT). They help to protect the ecosystem and biodiversity of East Africa through conservation that directly benefits local Maasai communities. They are responsible for the coordination of all activities and actors on location in the Kuku Group Ranch, including the Inkisanjani area.
Southern Kenya is the home to the Maasai people, who mostly depend on the land as a main source of income and food. The local Maasai population used to be nomadic, moving from one area to another, so that areas could recover in the meantime. Nowadays they no longer travel around, which means that soil can no longer recover. For this reason and due to climate change multiple areas in the Kuku group Ranch are degraded and a difficult environment for the inhabitants.
Therefore the Inkisanjani community in the Kuku Group Ranch is really eager to restore their living environment. 110 Maasai farmers of this specific community joined the regreening project and are trained to dig bunds. This not only brings back nature, it also gives them an extra income.
Digging while staying safe and healthy
We developed a protocol that ensures the safety of all people involved:
* There is a distance of at least 2 meters between the diggers, which will be easy to follow with the bund circle around them;
* No physical contact between the people in the field;
* Mask wearing from arrival onsite until departure;
* No sharing of digging equipment (or other materials);
* And encourage people having flu-like symptoms to stay at home.
With these measures, the farmers can regreen the Inkisanjani area while staying healthy and safe.