The world is undergoing an extinction crisis - the most rapid loss of biodiversity in the planet's history - and this loss is likely to accelerate as the climate changes. The impact of climate change on wildlife is already notable at local, regional and global levels.
The direct impact on species that humans make use of or with which we compete, affects human communities in a very immediate way: the loss of biodiversity is our loss as well.
Kenya Wildlife Service is in the process of developing a wildlife climate change strategy for Kenya. Even as it does this it is also implementing projects in National Parks to showcase protected areas as natural solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
In the Chyulu Hills Forest Ecosystem, KWS in partnership with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is undertaking a REDD1+ Project. In Tsavo East, Tsavo West, Aberdare and Lake Nakuru National Parks, KWS in partnership with Parks Canada is undertaking climate change mitigation and adaptation projects. This among others involves restoration of degraded areas through the planting of indigenous trees, the construction of artificial water dams and the manual removal of invasive species.
REDD+ - Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation