Who We Are
In 2014, East African Wild Life Society (EAWLS) in partnership with Kijabe Environment Volunteers and Kenya Forest Service pioneered the annual Forest Challenge event. Our partnership is unique in the sense that it brings together a Civil Society, a State Agent and the Community. East African Wild Life Society plays the role of overseeing all the initiatives of the Forest Challenge, while Kijabe Environment Volunteers engages in tree growing activities including tree nurseries and aftercare programs for planted tree seedlings with the communities. Kenya Forest Service is the government authority that manages forest reserves in Kenya and they ensure that rehabilitated forest areas are well managed. Together we organize the activities of the Forest Challenge event and rally support from the public.
THE EAST AFRICAN WILD LIFE SOCIETY (EAWLS)
EAWLS is a membership based, not-for-profit conservation organization based Kenya. Formed in 1961 through a merger of Kenyan and Tanzanian Wild Life Societies as well as wildlife enthusiasts from Uganda, EAWLS envisions a world in which nature and people co-exist in mutual benefit. EAWLS is the voice of environmental conservation in East Africa. EAWLS carries out its mandate through advocacy and by encouraging governments and non-state actors to promote the the sustainable use of natural resources and the environmental goods and services.
KENYA FORESTS SERVICE (KFS)
KFS is a state corporation established under the Kenya Forest Conservation and Management Act No. 34 of 2016. It is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring sustainable management of forest resources for the socioeconomic development of the country. Key functions of KFS include conserving, protecting and managing all public forests; assisting county governments in building capacity in forestry and forest management; managing water catchment areas in relation to soil and water conservation, carbon sequestration and other environmental services in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.
KIJABE ENVIRONMENT VOLUNTEERS
KENVO is a community-based organisation engaged in developing sustainable nature conservation programmes in the Kikuyu Escarpment Forest. KENVO was formed in 1994 and officially registered in 1996. The major goal of KENVO is to promote conservation of the Kikuyu Escarpment ecosystems, while supporting community livelihoods.