Kenya Reforestation Project
Site
Kwasasi and Magumba
Reforestation Natural Forest 1.725,93 ha

The Kwasasi and Magumba site is found north of Lamu Old Town along the Ndununi creek. Lamu Old Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001 in recognition of having the best-preserved Swahili culture in East Africa. Lamu Old Town, together with the Kwasasi and Magumba areas, are known for the preservation of traditional Swahili culture. Structures are built with traditional Swahili architecture, which uses coral, lime, and mangrove poles. The area is also known for its distinct social, cultural, and religious functions, which are still observed and performed today.

Despite its cultural wealth, Kwasasi and Magumba suffer from insufficient social amenities. They lack adequate schools, health facilities, infrastructure, and access to clean water. Jobs are scarce, so the unemployment rate is high as well. People depend on mangrove poles for firewood, boats, and building and repairing houses. Over time the high demand for mangroves has led to deforestation. Eden Reforestation Projects (Eden) will focus on hiring the local people near Kwasasi and Magumba villages to re-forest their region by planting thousands of trees. Through the employment of local villagers and the planting of thousands of native trees, Eden’s Kenya team will work to restore their environment while lifting the local community out of extreme poverty.

Site Name: Kwasasi and Magumba
Village Population: 11,336
Type of Reforestation: Mangrove
Planting Area Total: 150 ha
Number of trees per hectare: 10,000
Total Planting Capacity: 1,500,000 trees to plant
Land Ownership: Government land, community managed
Annual Planting Capacity: 1,500,000
Total annual commitment: $225,000.00