Enviro Wild Initiative, together with the African Sustainability Network and students of African Nazarene University, embarked on a journey to control Parthenium weed which has dominated most parts of the Nairobi National park and surrounding ecosystems.
The activity took place on 9th May 2021 at Silole sanctuary, which borders the Nairobi National park. The only and most preferable way to control the weed in such an environment is manual, mainly through hand-weeding before it flowers. Chemical control is discouraged because the ecosystem is home to diverse flora and fauna, livestock, and humans.
The activity was a way of restoring the land, reducing Parthenium seed load, and giving the students an opportunity to learn.
Here are resources to learn more about Parthenium hysterophorus weed,
Media Features about the activity
NTV Kenya Swahili: Gugu lazuia kumea kwa nyasi na miti mbugani Nairobi
Business Daily Africa Newspaper: Invasive weed threatens wildlife at Nairobi National Park
The Standard Newspaper