The cultural heritage, landscape and ecology of Mount Elgon are under threat with serious consequences for people both locally and regionally.
There are many factors driving this, a key one being deforestation which impacts on the hydrology of the mountain and results in soil erosion, the loss of biodiversity and human-wildlife conflict. This is exacerbated by a fragile economic environment of low security and opportunity. Mount Elgon's people and its rich biodiversity are largely being left behind in comparison with many areas of East Africa.
The aim of the Mount Elgon Foundation is to seek viable long-term measures that will help mitigate the challenges faced by Mount Elgon.
More specifically, it wishes to:
• reduce human-elephant conflict, protecting people, their livelihoods and the elephants;
• prevent deforestation and promote reforestation;
• promote further recording and preservation of local cultural heritage, and
• provide alternative environmentally and culturally sensitive economic opportunities.
The Foundation and its trustees currently fund or have funded the Mount Elgon Elephant Project (MEEP) and Cultural Heritage Research . It is intended to also fund community livelihood and forestry related projects , building on the involvement of two of the trustees in an existing combined forestry and community water project. Currently the projects supported are located on the Kenya side of Mount Elgon. We aim to also fund partners who work in Uganda or who are Kenya-based and collaborate on a trans-boundary basis with others in Uganda
For more info, please click on the links in the paragraph above to learn about our project work or visit our website: http://www.mountelgonfoundation.org.uk/.
A very young baby elephant is learning to dig for salt in the floor of a cave on Mt Elgon in western Kenya.
An old mother and adolescent drinking from a steam in the Mt Elgon forest reserve.
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