Persistent droughts have forced the Maasai and their livestock herds to the brink of starvation. Patinaai Osim together with the community will explore traditional and modern knowledge and its contribution to biodiversity conservation in order to roll out mitigation/adaptation measures that can reverse the environmental degradation.
Climate change is rapidly becoming a reality as depicted by the delayed and then the eventual sporadic rainfall resulting to unpredictable pasture availability patterns as well as heightened erosion due to reduced ground cover and the torrential rains. The increase in temperatures is making it unbearable/unconducive to the residents of Kajiado County.
The resulting consequence is the loss of human lives and livestock which forms the main economic activity for the nomadic Maasai community due to reduced food/pasture and water availability. This has resulted to the community exploring other economic alternatives; mainly sand harvesting and charcoal burning.
This has further depleted the already constrained groundcover leaving the ground bare hence devastating erosion events. Further, this has resulted in reduced carbon dioxide sequestration resulting to global warming and air pollution.
Solution and Approach
The concerned populace has no inkling on climate change and the ones with an understanding continue to flout the raised alarms. This calls for sufficient capacity building amongst the communities on the particular effects and the direct contribution of their activities on the challenges they are currently facing. There is also an urgent call to develop operative ways to effectively combat the challenges they are already experiencing. Patinaai Osim also seeks to take respective actions to restore the environment to its original state and target the conservation of the undisturbed habitat. This will be achieved through afforestation, reforestation, discouraging charcoal burning as well as advocating for alternative and sustainable farming and livestock husbandry methods. The community will be sensitized on the need to develop and adopt to environmentally conscious activities.