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History

Nairobi GreenLine was launched on 18th February 2010. The project was an initiative of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and other corporate organisations.

Nairobi National Park Is Under Siege

Many Kenyans have wonderful memories of visits to the Nairobi National Park. Some are fond childhood memories of weekend family picnics, enjoyable school trips or Sunday afternoon drives into the Park. Visitors to Kenya may recall how, with just a few hours stopover at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, they could enjoy the experience of a lifetime as they feasted their eyes on a diversity of Kenya’s herbivores and carnivores: the King of the Jungle and the Cheetah, the Leopard and the Zebra, the Buffalo and the Giraffe, the Black Rhino and the Warthog, the Hyena and the cheeky Monkey, the mischievous Apes and the playful Baboons, as well as many other wondrous species. The Nairobi National Park was, and still is, a unique wildlife sanctuary – the only one in the world located hardly 10 KM from the central business district of a capital city – a priceless natural resource for Kenya. Unfortunately, it’s being strangled to death by the people who love it most.. Us!

Struggling For Survival

Today, our distinctive, precious and serene Nairobi National Park is threatened by the rapid human encroachment as the city outgrows itself. Due to its proximity to the capital, the Park and its rich ecosystem have been exposed to massive environmental hazards occasioned by:

  • Land grabbing by politically connected individuals and developers
  • Human settlements that continue to nibble away at the edges of the Park
  • Increased industrial activities that billow out noxious gases and dust
  • Effluent discharge into the Park’s streams and water sources Human-wildlife conflict through poaching and grazing
  • Plastic litter and solid waste scattered throughout the Park
  • Infrastructure plans being routed into the Nairobi Park interfering with the ecosystem and the bio-diversity of the Park,, such as the southern bypass and the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR)

The Nairobi National Park is struggling for survival as wildlife diseases and death takes their toll. We simply cannot sit back and watch. The Nairobi National Park is crying out for our help. It’s time for action.

Time To Draw The Line

Kenyans from all walks of life must come together now and save the Nairobi National Park. The Nairobi Greenline Trust, in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS)) have embarked on an ambitious project to do exactly that. The project is a 30km long and 50m wide forest of indigenous trees that will shield the Nairobi National Park from our growing metropolis. Any land grabbers or polluters who will dare to cross the Line will face the full force of a new law. Besides, they’ll have to contend with the whistle-blowing wrath of conservationists, nature lovers and the will of the Kenyan people.

Between April 2010 and April 2013, parallel electric fences were constructed to demarcate the Greenline - from Athi River’s Cheetah Gate to just beyond the Carnivore. During these months, the Greenline Nursery collected and nurtured 250,000 indigenous seedlings for planting. The planting took place from December 2010, and is still on-going. Keen environmentalists are encouraged to learn the 17 species of indigenous trees that have been planted in the Nairobi Greenline Forest, namely: Acacia Kirkii, Acacia Mellifera, Acacia Polyacantha, Acacia Xanthophloea, Acacia Nilotica, Acacia Elatior, Acacia Seyal, Balanites, Carissa Spinarm, Cordia Africana, Croton Megalocarpus, Erytherina Abyssinica, Felipendium Decipens, Grevillea Robusta, Markhamia Lutea, Prunus Africanum, Warbugia Ugadensis

In the course of 2017, other locations will be identified for additional Greenlines to be drawn throughout Kenya (in other parks and protected zones). Another 750,000 seedlings will be grown in readiness.

Help Us Grow The Greenline

To complete the Nairobi Greenline, we have raised Ksh 101 million. We need to raise an additional Ksh90 million to cover the cost of trail creation, picnic site development, water piping, developing an information centre and labour. To maintain and patrol the Greenline will cost approximately Ksh5 million a year.

Future of the Nairobi Greenline

The Nairobi Greenline will be available to the city dwellers for jogging, foot safaris and bicycle rides – just like in the Karura Forest and the Arboretum Park, The picnic sites, located 2km apart, with provide a resting place with water and toilet facilities.

The Nairobi Greenline will be able to host marathons and bicycle challenges in the future.

We have a well stocked NAIROBI GREENLINE TREE NURSERY, that has over indeginous 120,000 tree seedlings. We have capacity to propagate 1 million indigenous tree seedlings in 8 months. These are available for sale to interested buyers with adequate notice.

Nairobi Greenline Trustees

  • Gayling May (Chairman)
  • Pradeep Paunrana
  • Andrew White
  • Shilpa Haria
  • Sonal Sejpal
  • Jan Vandenabeele
  • Michael Koech
  • Tom Sipul
  • Raabia Hawa

Three full-time consultants

  • Wanja Kimani – Coordinator
  • Simon Waithaka – Forester
  • John Oloo – Assistant to Forester, and schools coordinator

Others

  • Nairobi National Park senior warden, Nelly Pelmaris

 

Founding trustees who have since retired:

  • The late Anoop Shah, Chairman KENSTA Group
  • Betty Maina – currently the Principal Secretary EAC, immediate past CEO KAM
  • Karen Basiye – Enviroment Officer, Safaricom Foundation
  • Julius Kipngétich – currently the CEO, Uchumi, past Director General KWS
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