Cultural Preservation & Natural Resource Conservation
_Protected areas have become one of the most widely accepted conservation methods around the world, by restricting the use of identified resources. Tourism contributes widely towards the costs of managing protected areas. However, experience in Kenya shows that while tourism can generate significant revenues, this does not always benefit local communities directly.
The Integrated Conservation and Development (ICD) approach builds on the protected area approach by linking conservation and tourism development and by involving the people living in or near protected areas.
CGA has been working on this approach in efforts to generate economic benefits to local communities, to preserve the natural environment and to reduce poaching through:
• Ensuring revenues are shared fairly, encouraging entrepreneurial development and discouraging poaching.
• Promoting alternative income generating activities around the protected areas and parks
• Tree planting through agroforestry programs and land rehabilitation
• Providing micro loans to community members living near protected forests
Since its inception, CGA has planted over 2.1 million trees in the western Kenya, eastern Uganda and Arusha, Tanzania region and presently CGA has 13 tree nurseries in western Kenya. It is introducing the production of Moringa Trees in western Kenya.