Dakatcha Woodland is an important water catchment in a water-scarce landscape, protecting the fragile soil from erosion, and moderating the local climate. Dakatcha Woodland has been designated as an Important Bird Area by Birdlife International and forms part of a coastal forest global biodiversity hotspot defined by Conservation International.
A large and growing population depends on the forest resources for their energy and construction needs. Agriculture is the main economic activity for the communities, making land their most valuable resource. As new agricultural land is cleared, this puts further pressure on the forest and that increases the people’s vulnerability to food insecurity.
A Rocha Kenya has been working in Dakatcha Woodland for over a decade as part of a long running programme of research and conservation. In 2009 the team discovered critical populations of the globally Endangered Sokoke Scops Owl Otus irenae, Africa’s smallest owl. In light of this and the urgency of protecting the habitat from rapidly expanding pineapple plantations, A Rocha purchased 200 acres of forest, now known as the Kirosa Scott Reserve. Without this level of protection, the ever increasing human pressure exerted on the woodland could result in the extinction of the owl as well as other species that are special to the area.
Your purchase of land today will help us to expand the reserve, providing further protection for the Sokoke Scops Owl and so many other precious inhabitants of the Dakatcha Woodland!