LTWP is exploring new ways to contribute to a greener environment. In addition to the estimated 700,000 tonnes of carbon emissions the wind power farm saves the country annually, LTWP intends to contribute to the reforestation of the MT. Kulal biosphere reserve in cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organisations, and other stakeholders.
Lake Turkana Wind Power is holding round table discussions with the community and forestry stakeholders to determine the best course of action regarding the conservation efforts around Mt. Kulal. Speaking at a tree planting drive that saw open spaces within the forest and its depleted margins planted with 6,515 seedlings, 600 of which were fruit trees, Job Lengoiyap, a Community Liaison Officer with LTWP underscored the importance of tree planting to LTWP’s desire for a green future.
The tree planting exercise also brought together the Marsabit County Government, National Environment Management Agency (NEMA), Ministry of Forestry and Environment, Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), and the local community environmental committee popularly known as Wazee wa Mazingira.
Mount Kulal is the centrepiece of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) reserve, which is one of six MAB reserves in Kenya. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated it as a MAB reserve in 1979, cementing it as a space for preservation of biodiversity, environmentally sustainable socio-economic development, through research, monitoring, education and training.