Environmental Education on ecosystem restoration through management of invasive weeds
On Saturday, the 3rd July 2021, we hosted a group of volunteers for an environmental exploratory educational session that culminated in pulling out Parthenium weed at Silole Sanctuary. The exercise was organized in partnership with African Sustainability Network and The Millennial Environmentalists. This was a follow-up activity and a continuation of our work in ecosystem restoration.
The session was hosted and facilitated by Will Knocker, a retired biologist, and Caroline Kibii, an environmental scientist and researcher.
The volunteers, most of whom were students, were enlightened on the various types of ecosystems and specifically the savannah grassland, which defines Silole sanctuary and the Nairobi National Park, the challenges arising from invasive weeds, and managing them. Mr. Knocker helped the volunteers identify different tree species by names, old and new naming systems and enlightened them on the unique characteristics of the wildlife crisscrossing the sanctuary from the adjacent park.
It was concluded that having a great understanding of a particular ecosystem triggers informed and sound conservation strategies. It also helps conservationists influence change, policies, and decisions from an informed point of view.
We hope to continue the same activities because we believe in the value of combining knowledge and action to conserve nature better.
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Compiled by Caroline Kibii