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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Conserving Laikipia’s Landscapes

By Anthony Mugo
The Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) is pleased to present the first issue of Laikipia Mali Asili newsletter. Contributors to this Newsletter are mainly partners working in Laikipia County under a project sponsored by United Nations Development Program under its Global Environment Facility Small Grants Program (UNDP GEF SGP).
Production of the newsletter is coordinated by ALIN. One of the key approaches being used to conserve biodiversity in Laikipia County is to promote the cultivation of forest trees that bear useful products for humans and animals.
One such tree is Tea tree, whose production is being promoted by the Kenya Organic Agriculture Network (KOAN) within the environs of Nanyuki Municipality. Noah Lusaka’s feature on this subject sheds light on Tea tree cultivation.
In this inaugural issue of Laikipia Mali Asili, we have carried brief reports about organizations working in partnership with UNDP GEF SGP and the main activities in which they are engaged. Laikipia Mali Asili will be one of the main platforms through which these projects will be sharing information and learning.
For the children, a Children’s Corner has been set aside. Read powerful poems and other contributions by children who have shown amazing commitment towards caring for the environment.  We welcome your feedback in form of Letters to the Editor.
The next issue of Laikipia Mali Asili will focus on the theme Water Resources and Sustainable Land Management. Degradation of the environment particularly deforestation leads to destruction of water catchment sites.
Laikipia Mali Asili welcomes articles on this topic and other material such as cartoons, puzzles, crosswords, poems and jokes. Articles should be no more than 600 words. They should be accompanied by good pictures of at least 3 MB in Jpeg format and with descriptive captions. Send contributions to laikipiamaliasili@alin.net and copy to elungahi@alin.net.
You can download a copy of Laikipia Mali Asili here.
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