Celebrating the Kaya forests this World Heritage Day; WWF

Kenya – Sacred Mijikenda Kaya Forests

We are working with indigenous communities to increase protection of the Mijikenda Kaya forests – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

THE MIJIKENDA KAYA FORESTS IN KENYA

​​​​​​We, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, are working with indigenous communities to increase protection of the Mijikenda Kaya forests. Eleven of the Kaya forests make up a a UNESCO World Heritage Site for their cultural significance but have rich biological and spiritual value too. However, these sacred forests are under threat from human encroachment and unsustainable resource use.

THE MIJIKENDA PEOPLE

The Mijikenda people associated with these Kaya forests have passed down their wisdom about the forests’ spiritual meaning from generation to generation.

The Mijikenda people are the gatekeepers of the Kaya forests’ spiritual history and truly understand the need to protect them, for people and nature.

WWF’S WORK IN THE KAYA FORESTS

WWF is working to help protect these coastal forests for generations to come, by:

  • Building the capacity (general governance and also advocacy) of Kaya elder groups so they’re better able to engage with and influence natural resource management decisions.

Read more from source: Celebrating the Kaya forests this World Heritage Day | WWF

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