Executive Summary October 2010TREIN is an abbreviated word from Tree Enrichment Initiative. A program that was started with the noble aim of conserving our dear environment with special attention to Kakamega Tropical Rain Forest. A forest that is unique in the sense that it is currently an endangered habitat for over 400 plant species, over 357 bird species out of which two are globally threatened, i.e. Turner’s Eremomela and Chapin’s flycatcher according to IBA Program Nature Kenya. 7 species of primates exist in this forest with special attention to a rare one called De Brazza monkey. Over 380 butterfly species have been recorded here making it a home to more than half of what is found in the whole country. This forest is therefore a home to a reasonable range of biodiversity that needs to be conserved.
Join hands with other conservation agenciesTREIN join hands with other conservation agencies around the forest like KWS, KFS, NMK, BIOTA among others. TREIN has initiated a participatory conservation approach and therefore is working with the local community schools to plant more indigenous trees outside the protected area so that some of the products that the local community may be in need of can be readily found outside protected areas. These include products like fuel wood, fruits, vegetables, posts, poles, timber, and charcoal, among others. We have therefore established woodlots in three primary schools and one secondary school where we have planted indigenous trees of 20 by 20 meters. The school pupils and students do take intensive care of the seedlings which are almost getting to become saplings. The school management of the four schools is very active and supportive in this programme.
Workforce of 20 membersTREIN is proud of a workforce of 20 members who work on voluntary basis and are also ready and willing to financially support the programme whenever needs arise. In total, TREIN has reorganized itself with 4 main working departments in order to ease management issues. These are: 1. Education and awareness department.
2. Personnel and Administration department.
3. Finance and business department.
4. Welfare and public relations department. All the departments are headed by a departmental head and report to the management on monthly basis.