International Day of Biodiversity

The connection between improved cookstoves and biodiversity is straightforward and very important as reducing reliance on wood resources protects the natural habitat of two-third of the world’s plant and animal species living in forests. Since today marks the International Day of Biodiversity, it is a good opportunity to take look at the big picture and remember that we need to value more our ecosystem. We are hoping that via our cookstove projects throughout Africa we can contribute our fair share to protect wildlife by keeping their habitat safe for the coming years.

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Photo by UN-REDD

Conservation works in Shimoni

Situated on border of Kenya and Tanzania along the Indian Ocean coastline, Shimoni today is best known for being the main gateway to the beautiful Wasini Island and to the Kisite Marine National Park. However it is little known fact that in the past 10 years 70% of the local forest has been depleted and increasing tourism in the area is posing further stress on the locally available natural resources. To be able to reverse this trend and to conserve its unique coastal forest there has been major local and international efforts under way. The Kenya Wildlife Service has been active in the area through its headquarter in the Kisite-Mpunguti  National Park where in cooperation with Global Vision International (GVI) it has been focusing on both marine and terrestrial conservation. Also, a local community based organization, Friends of Shimoni Forest has been successfully working together with various travel agents to promote sustainable tourism and to raise awareness of the fragile ecosystem in Shimoni.

Photo by Global Vision International (GVI)

Photo by Global Vision International (GVI)

We are proud to be able to contribute to these conservation efforts through our efficient cookstove project (Gold Standard 827 – Shimoni Improved Cook Stoves). Having been working in the area since 2009, CO2balance have distributed 826 improved cookstoves to date, this way reducing the reliance on the decreasing and precious wood resource locally.

To know more about our Shimoni project please visit our website: http://www.co2balance.com/project-details/?project=80