ONE MILLION TREES

MUUNI HIILL RESTORATION

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.

 

The general objectives of the Muuni One Million Trees Project are to:

  1. Decrease, control and ultimately stop deforestation and forest degradation
  2. Support sustainable forests
  3. Conserve water resources
  4. Raise water tables
  5. Improve agricultural outputs
  6. Increase shamba returns.
  7. Climate change and Local mitigation

The specific objectives of the Muuni One Million Trees Project are to:

  1. Plant and grow trees in excess of One Million on Muuni and surrounding areas on pilot basis (later to be extended to Maatha, Kathuma and Masue hills)
  2. Persuade public institutions, market center and private land owners to embrace a culture of planting and growing a target of One Million Trees
  3. Establish School and Community Based Environment Clubs in all Schools and villages within and around the area of operation
  4. Achieve sustainable forest cover in the areas of operation
  5. Improve the quality of natural environment in the areas of operation.

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.

  1. 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:

Tree Nurseries

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.

 

Trenching

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.