Volunteer with Malava Community Forest Association

Malava Community Forest Association

Malava, Kenya, Africa

We are a charity working in kenya to conserve environment and Kakamega forest ecosystem

What We Need

Office administration; teaching at schools eco-clubs; teaching skills at local community polytechnics; fundraising

When & Who

Maximum stay duration is THREE months

What we Provide

Free entry and tour guide into Malava forest reserve; free training of Kiswahili language which is common mode of communication across East African countries

Our Fees

we charge $10 (Ten) per volunteer per day for their meals which shall be prepared by host family for them during their stay

Contact Person

http://www.malavacfa.co.ke, Malava, Kenya.

Other Ways to Help

Create/Update our Website
Social Media Help
Document Translation

Fundraising towards our ecotourism project for Bandas construction and campsite tents; translating our site from english to Germany; Spanish; French; Dutch; Portugese

children School books; environmental books; water purifiers; laptops/computers; cameras; binoculars; campsite tents; simple community polytechnic tools & equipment

Additional Info about Us

Up to 5 people

Malava forest plays a significant role in the livelihoods of the majority of the community members adjacent to this forest and beyond hence their need to participate in its management and conservation.

Section 46 of the Forests Act 2005 provides for registration of a community forest association under the Societies Act (Cap 108) and that it may apply to the Director of KFS for permission to participate in the management and conservation of a state owned forest. The Forests Act requires the application to be accompanied by a management plan or a draft management plan which the CFA has a 5 year plan beginning 2015 - 2020

Malava forest which is in Malava (Kakamega North) Sub-county, Kakamega County plays a very important role in the livelihood of many people living adjacent and beyond. It provides a variety of wood and non-wood forest products as well as intangible ecosystem services to the people within Malava Sub-county and Western Kenya by extension.

The forest is situated approximately 25 Km North of Kakamega town along Kakamega - Webuye road. It is positioned at between the Latitudes 0˚26’54’’N to 0˚29’44’’N; and Longitudes 34˚50’15’’E to 34˚52’25’’E. It covers an area of 718.8 ha including an excision area of 4.5 ha for Malava Girls High School. It’s part of the Kakamega Forest Ecosystem together with comprising Kakamaga, Kibiri, Bunyala, and Kisere forests.

Biodiversity of Malava forest is closely related to that of the larger Kakamega forest both in species richness and composition, even though it has relatively low species abundance due to its small size and past disturbance. Originally the forest was dominated by Olea capensis, Diospyros abyssinica, Maesopsis eminii and Prunus africana which are characteristic of a primary forest. These are still present although in only a small parts of the forest to the South West area adjacent to Malava Girls, to the East of the Malava-Webuye road. These sites have very high biodiversity and big trees; some well over 100 years, and is therefore a good research and picnic. The forest has high diversity animals. A variety of bird species and primates especially monkeys and baboons are the most conspicuous group of animals in the forest. Baboons are well known as pests in the farms adjacent to the forest and are a common scene along the Kakamega– Webuye highway, sealing sugarcane in transit to West Kenya and Butali sugar companies. Several snake species are also present.

Key forest resources in Malava are the tree and other plants within. It has some of the oldest and largest trees of indigenous species in the region, some of which now have significant conservation importance having been overexploited elsewhere. Forest plantations are concentrated in compartments 1 and 3 with Cupressus lusitanica, Pinus patula and Eucalyptus saligna dominating the composition in that order. Compartment 2 is mainly the indigenous forest for reserved for conservation. Other forest resources include honey, mushrooms, termites, Mondia whytei, herbal medicine, grass for livestock and water from streams among others.

The forest management faces challenges due to inadequate resources to maintain the dilapidated infrastructure and insufficient facilities and staff carrying out the day today work. Most affected in the staff shortage are the forest guards and subordinate staff.


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