Sipi Community selfhelp tree regeneration.
The Sipi Hills, within Mount Elgon National Park, have been exploited by the local community for charcoal and firewood. The trees also provide medicine and the forest is one of the main catchment areas for rivers into the Sote Swamp, an important habitat to several globally threatened species. Women Without Poverty (WOWIPO), a community self-help group wants to establish 2,500 fruit and native tree nurseries to support incomes and reforestation of the forest capped hills. 50,000 households will be provided with 5 saplings each, 2 mango for income and food, and three native trees to restore the natural forest, amounting to 250,000 trees. Training and advice on planting and maintaining seedlings will be provided. Traditional Leader Herbalists will provide the seeds free of charge and also establish a campsite and off-road bike trails in the Sipi Hills to provide alternative income to communities.