The Friends of Karura Forest Community Forest Association has made a great deal of progress in raising funds from generous donors (see Our Partners) to ensure that the forest is secure and safe for visitors. But there is still much work to be done in the forest to augment and maintain the security and amenity infrastructure, as well as to ensure the forest’s long term conservation through increased knowledge and awareness.
Individual and corporate donors are invited to scan the ‘wish list’ below of urgent needs to be filled. The list provides a selection of fine opportunities to demonstrate proactive Corporate Social Responsibility towards Nairobi and its environment.
Infrastructure & Maintenance
To maintain the electric perimeter fence.
Recurrent: KES 1.2 million per annum
VHF Radios for Scouts
To improve security and rapid emergency reponse by providing instant comms between FKF scouts, the FKF Field Manager and the KFS ranger force.
Total: KES 3,000,000
Tracks and Trails in Sigiria
To improve all-weather access with clearing, steps and rustic bridges.
Total: KES 1,000,000
To ensure safety of vistor access though maining tracks, trails, signs, bridges, safety railings, etc.
Recurrent: KES 80,000 per month, KES 960,000 per annum
Footbridge over Limuru Road
To link the main forest with the Sigiria salient and enable safe crossing of Limuru Road from one section of the forest to the other for visitor and Sykes monkeys.
Total: KES 2.7 million
FKF Headquarters building
To provide adequate office, meeting and equipment storage for the FKF operational team at the Limuru Road gate.
Total: approx KES 10 million
Kenya Forest Service Rangers Accommodations
To provide alternative housing for 17 KFS Rangers in order to move the ‘ranger village’ currently sited in the middle of the forest to the KFS headquarters area.
Total: approx KES 9 million
Fence around Kenya Forest Service Headquarters
To avoid uncontrolled entrance to the forest by visitors to KFS headquarters.
Total KES 2.5 million
To improve security in the forest by augmenting rapid response and security personnel deployment. Motorcar industry donation most welcome.
Total (if second-hand): KES 1,500,000
VIP (Ventilated Improved Pit latrine) Toilets
To provide eco-friendly sanitation facilities for visitors at ten key points in the forest, plus cleaning services.
Total: KES 700,000
Recurrent: KES 480,000 p.a.
Benches and Picnic Sites
To provide simple benches for visitors, plus picnic tables.
Total: KES 610,000
Bridge at Whispers
To allow motored patrols access along the perimeter security fence.
Total: KES 370,000
Sigiria Obstacle Course
To layout, prepare and equip a 600-metre obstacle course in a non-wildlife portion of Sigiria, including 6 months maintenance
Total: KES 1,000,000
Bird Watching Access
To provide a boardwalk and viewing platform in wetland for wildlife viewing and birdwatching.
Total: KES 150,000
Environment & Forestry
Indigenous Trees Species
To help reach the long-term goal of clearing 100 ha of invasive and exotic plantaition species, replanting with indigenous species and maintaining for 4 years.
Total: KES 300,000 per hectare
Identificiation tags for Trees
To provide weatherproof species ID tags for trees through the forest.
Total: KES 450,000
To include inventories of bird species, vegetation (esp. rare and endemic plants), insects, reptiles and mammals.
Total: KES 3,500,000
Bridge for Sykes Monkeys
To erect exculsive monkey bridges over over the Limuru and Kiambu Roads to prevent the frequent roadkills.
Total: KES 250,000 each
Reintroduction of Colobus Monkeys
To reintroduce upland Colobus Monkeys to the Karura River portion of the forest. Includes capture and translocation of endangered remnant populations with Kenya Wildlife Service.
Estimated Total: KES 2,500,000