Muuni is the highest peak in Emali/Mulala Ward, Makueni County, Kenya. Muuni, surrounding hills and lands have over the years undergone extreme environment damage in the form of unchecked deforestation. Some of the impacts include but not limited to: widespread erosion, rampant gullying due to fast run offs, general lowered water table, reduced rain catchment and consequently very low shamba yields.
Immediate establishment of tree nurseries to be transplanted during the next rainy reason and fencing of Muuni (initially by digging a security trench and ultimately building a permanent fence).
1. Project Implementation
Partition of Muuni into 11 sectors based on surrounding primary schools. Each sector will be coordinated by two local members of Eco-Green Initiative in collaboration with respective school management. The local implementation teams will include Area Assistant Chief and a representative of the MCA
The initial 11 sectors are: Mulala, Mwasangombe, Katisaa, Kitandi, Ngelenge, Ndwaani, Kwakaleli, Ndundune, Kiliku, Kwakakulu and Iviani
Ultimately, other schools such as Tutini, Kalima, Matiku, Kathuma, Kaliini and Mbeletu will be enjoined as the project expands to green-carpet Masue, Kathuma and Maatha hills.
2. Type of Trees
We plan to focus on indigenous and drought resistant trees such as; Neem tree, the Mukau tree (Melia volkensii), Senna siamea, Moringa among others.
Sustainability and maintenance of the project
Eco-Green Initiative will hire and assign:
1 attendant in each of the 11 tree nursery stations for a period of six months after which the seedlings will be transplanted
5 local people to oversee and maintain transplanted tree seedlings for period of 12 months
1 qualified member for purposes of coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the 11 tree nurseries (6 months), transplanted seedlings (12 months) and the trench (12 months)
2 local persons to oversee Trench security and maintenance
1 qualified person as a Web Administrator and Digital Marketer for 12 months
1 qualified person to develop a substantive funding proposal for the permanent fencing of Muuni hill
1 qualified person to establish and develop mutually beneficial links and partnerships with Makueni County Government Departments of Land, Water, Environment, Tourism and the Climate Change Programs; and development partners viz UNEP, ICRAF, ICAD, KFS and KWS among others
1 qualified person to develop a 5-year Strategic Plan for Eco-Green Initiative
1 qualified person to develop Specific Project Funding proposals such as the envisioned School Based Environment Clubs and Carbon Credits programs
1 qualified person to oversee a Membership recruitment drive, cooperate engagement and the organization and actualization of a Fund Raiser
The project will be implemented through the following strategies:
We plan to achieve the project objectives by establishing tree nurseries in 11 primary school compounds that surround Muuni hill. Seedlings will then be transplanted on Muuni and surrounding hills; in public spaces, and inter-cropped in private lands.
Tree planting and growing
Tree planting and growing will comprises two phases.
The first phase of the project will focus on:
Establishing and maintaining tree nurseries in school compounds for 6 months
Transplanting seedlings in school compounds, public areas and spaces such as markets, river banks and roads, and on Muuni hill
Encourage members of the public to practice tree inter-cropping in their private shambas.
The second phase of the project is to:
Expand the Muuni One Million Trees Project to include the hills of Masue, Maatha and Kathuma, and surrounding areas.
We plan on digging an initial 1000 meters 4 feet deep trench in specific areas around Muuni hill. The trench will help in reducing run-off water, controlling soil erosion, and act as a deterrent against animal and human encroachment on planted trees on the hill.
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