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Ngarendare Forest Trust P.O. Box 1704 - 60200, Meru E-mail:info@ngarendare.org

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CONTENTS Message From The Chairman

BENEFITS OF SHARING The Ngarendare Forest Trust wound sincerely like to thank the following Supporters

INSIDE THIS ISSUE WHAT’S NEW........................................................................ 2 • Community Water Points • Forest Fires • The Cattle Troughs ECO-SITES............................................................................ 3 • The Waterfalls • Rock Climbing & Campsites • The Canopy Walkway & the Platform ENVIRONMENT..................................................................... 4 • Payment for Ecosystem Services • CBOs and Ecosystem Services • Ngarendare Grazing Programme

This was a season of happiness to all the six Ngarendare Trust CBOs as they received Ksh 50,000 each for their projects. All of them identified which projects were urgent. Mbuju CBO urgently need a generator for the Karimba Borehole water project, which has got a membership of over 400.

TRAINING.............................................................................. 5 • Forest Ranger Training • Rock Climbing & Campsites

The funds were drawn from the Ecotourism activities whose income is shared between the Trust’s running cost and community development projects. Thirty percent of 2012 income was shared.

BENEFITS OF SHARING...................................................... 6

The History

It is ran jointly with KFS and the Trust, which is a community initiative started in 1989 as a forest working group and culminated in the formation and registration of a Forest Trust in the year 2004. It encompasses six community groups (CBOs), a large scale farm and two ranches. What Does NNFT do to Local Communities Empowerment of the community to protect the environment

Initiates development programmes like roads repair, schools constructions

Ngarendare Forest Trust has a tree nursery where indigenous seedlings for enrichment planting and CBOs farm forestry species are grown. There is a nursery office and a worker

Supports education programme and gives bursaries to students

Security programmes and offers rapid response in cases of emergencies.

For CBOs, the one-for-one applies. (Buy one, get one free!)

Transport for communities

Resolving human-wildlife conflicts etc

The NNFT Tree Nursery

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Bryn Llewelyn and Family Michael Dyer Ann Elizabeth Powys John David Beak Maria Epson Mr. & Mrs. Peter Moss Susana Fusco Carolyn Thouless Peter Viljoen

2. Corporate Supporters Borana Ranch Ltd Northern Frontier Ventures Timaflor Ltd Lobelia Farms Cape Chestnut

Kisima Farm Ltd Uhuru Flowers Lolomarik Farm Ol Donyo Farm

3. Stake Holders Lewa Wildlife Conservancy Northern Frontier Ventures

SUBSCRIPTION How You Can Support Ngarendare Forest Trust

Ngarendare Forest is a small indigenous forest located the northern foothills of Mt. Kenya. It is located in both Meru and Laikipia counties and measures approximately 5545 ha.

1. Friends of Ngarendare Forest Alan Dixon Delulu Upson Dr. & Mrs Jonathan Moss Susana Denison Rouse Harrison John Michael Somerset Martin dyer Samuel James Taylor John Harris and Family Robert Bernie Sam Denis

Annual Subscription Rates

Booking Rates

Founder Member............................................. Ksh15,000 Friends Of NNFT.............................................. Ksh10,000 Corporate Supporters..................................... Ksh 25,000 Ecosystem Services....................................... Ksh 100,000

Resident................................................................... $ 20 Non Residents.......................................................... $ 30 Groups....................................................................$ 100 Researchers............................................................$ 100 Students..................................................................$ 100 NNFT CBOs............................................................... $ 50 Video Filming......................................................... $ 500 Bicycle Race............................................................. $ 30 Bird Shooting........................................................... $ 50

Tree Seedlings Sales Indigenous Sp....................................................... Ksh 20 Exotics Sp.............................................................. Ksh 10 Communities.................................................One For One

Eco Sites

• Canopy Walkway • Platform 1

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• Water Falls • Forest Walks

• Rock Climbing • Hiking/Forest Walk

• Camp Sites • Zip Line

• Bird Watching

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TRAINING

WHAT’S NEW Community Water Points With assistance provided by Africa Digna, The Trust has established two community water points complete with ablution block, bathrooms, washing basins, cattle troughs and completely fenced off. The Manyagalo Water point is a huge relieve to the community which depended on nearby streams to bathe, wash clothes and water their livestock.

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The Ngarendare Water point situated within Ngarendare Market is aimed at providing water for the market community in order to ensure that pollution of Ngarendare river is eradicated. The facility will be a in use immediately after the water allocated by Ngarendare Water Resource Users Association (NNWARUA) is installed. Some of the Trust’s facilities include office blocks (above), conference room, Managers house, stores, 4WD vehicle, 2 motorbikes field equipments among others.

Friends of Ngarendare have continued to support our effort to conserve and protect the forest:

Thank You So Much!!! Please renew your annual subscription. www.Ngarendare.Org www.facebook.com/ngarendare

Forest Rangers Training

Forest Fires

Ngarendare Forest Trust took nine of its 13 Forest Rangers for a three months training at the KWS Law Enforcement School at Manyani from January to April 13, 2012. The training was facilitated by the Northern Rangelands Trust. The Trust took the opportunity to take the balance of its rangers for the crucial training having already trained 4 of its rangers at the KWS School earlier.

The Forest fires became a common phenomenon especially I April, may and June. All were small fires started by illegal honey hunters. All were put off by the Forest rangers and the community.

The Cattle Troughs The Trust, through assistance from Africa Digna Foundation has installed five cattle troughs mainly at Karimba in Mbuju CBO, Manyagalo, Subuiga, Njoora, Simangua. The aim of these installation is to ensure that all rivers emanating from the forest are free from damage by the livestock and shorten the distances to look for water for livestock. The troughs have now become integral part of the grazers groups.

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During the Rangers Pass out Parade on 13th April, The Trust Sponsored fifteen of the Rangers friends, staff and community leaders to attend the colorful parade at Manyani. The three months training programme was sponsored by The Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT). The pass out parade was attended by among others NRT CEO Mike Harrison, Ian Craig and many Government officials….

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ECO-SITES In Ngarendare Forest, there are lots of ecotourism sites and activities some which are found nowhere else in the world. All our visitors have spoken highly of them and a

THE ENVIRONMENT Payment for Ecosystem Services

visit here is an unforgettable adventure

Humankind benefits from a multitude of resources and ecosystem services, it should not be difficult to recognize processes that are supplied by natural ecosystems. the role played by Ngare Ndare Forest in protecting the Collectively, these benefits are springs that provide water which is “Timaflor Ltd and Ol donyo known as ecosystem services and vital for human, plant and animal life. Farms have taken initiative to include products like clean drinking Already the surrounding large scale water and processes such as the recognize Ngarendare Forest farms and ranches have accepted in decomposition of wastes. Trust as an Ecosystem Service principle to pay ecosystem services to NNFT and Timaflor Ltd and Ol Provider. Thanks� Though it is challenging for the donyo farm have already led the way CBOs to understand the meaning of in supporting this valuable course.

Zip line , the only one in this region, is in its final stages of construction.

The Waterfalls There are a series of five water falls catering for any type of swimmers , divers, and the more adventurers who jump down rock cleavers into the pools. Our guides are at hand to give guidance and instruction to the visitors. Picnic goers have the best of enjoyment taking lunch next to a roaring waterfall and cooling forest walkers in the blue pools. Pets are not allowed to enter into the blue pools, and all visitors are asked to strictly observe the integrity of the forest

CBOs and Ecosystem Services

One of the six user groups of Ngarendare Forest Trust is the Grazers group. It is led by a committee selected from the CBOs grazing committees. The Grazers Committee coordinates grazing in the entire forest and meets twice a month.

Rock Climbing & Campsites

Rock climbing is an exciting and energyintensive exercise that attracts the British Army, the young tourists. In Ngarendare Forest visitors enjoy camping sites and have the feeling of the indigenous wild bush guarded by an armed guide. Our guides have undergone lucrative trainings in first aid, tour guiding, rangers training, health and safety and various other international courses. Although the idea of paying for the Ecosystem Services to Ngarendare Forest has been agreed in principle by the adjacent commercial farms and ranches, the challenge of implementing the policy to the Communities is significant.

Canopy Walkway & the Platform The canopy walk way is one of its kind in East Africa. It measures 450m long and runs through the canopies of figs, Olives, podos, cinders etc . It is like a bridge on top of forest canopy and linked to a platform. It is 10m meters high and a walk through is a privilege by itself characterized by mixture of fun and excitement. It can take 5 pax at a time. At the end of the canopy walk is a platform where walkers revel, watch over monkeys, elephants and other wildlife and listen to variety of birds’ music as they enjoy their lunch, breakfast or a hearty chat. Camping on the platform or lighting fires is not allowed. Prior booking to the walkway and platform is necessary Ngarendare Forest Trust

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Ngarendare Grazing Programme

Prior bookings to all the Eco-sites is necessary to avoid running into other revelers . This can be arranged through our office contacts on: 0700 412 532; 0722 886 456 or E-mail info@ngarendare.org. 3

Currently all CBOs have heard of Ecosystem services but there is need for intensive training on the subject. NNFT has done economic valuation and placed monetary pricing on the services with a view of getting it adopted by the communities. CBOs are also not aware of their environmental dependency and impact on ecosystems and possible ramifications. It is imperative that all those that depend on the forest recognize it as an Ecosystem Service Provider and be prepared to pay for it like any other service they pay for. 4

Of late grazing has had problems where grazers often violated borders set by the committee. In June 2012 the Committee then deliberated on an acceptable plan to guide grazing in the forest. A Grazing Plan was then drawn which would guide grazing for the next three months. The committee, with help of the Forest Rangers and KFS started implementing the grazing plan by first sensitizing the grazers on the paddocks to be grazed in rotation up to September. This has helped so much to reduce overgrazing and degradation in certain areas of the forest. Foreign livestock are not Allowed in the forest.

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