Taita Taveta WIldlife Forum

Taita/Taveta Wildlife Forum (TTWF) came into being in 2000 when the local landowners realized the need to join hands in order to address the rampant Human-Wildlife conflict in the region, environmental destruction and the quest for benefit-sharing from Tsavo National Park.

It is a Community Based Organization operating in the Tsavo ecosystem and a membership organization. It was incorporated as a Trust under the Perpetual Succession Act Cap 264 of the Laws of Kenya in March 2003. It is governed by 9 elected Trustees drawn from its administrative zones – Voi, Wundanyi, Mwatate and Taveta.

Catchment Management

TTWF embarks on management of water catchment areas to ensure that there is adequate water for domestic, farming and commercial use. The following projects are undergoing under catchment management program:

• Preparation of Sub-Catchment Management Plans and Water Resource Users Associations for all the sub-catchment management areas identified in Taita District.

• Lower Voi river/Sagalla sub-catchment area with support from the WorldVision – Voi Area Development Programme.

• Mbololo/Mwambirwa sub-catchment area with support from CDTF-CEF through Taita Environmental Management Alliance. This is in partnership with the Water Resources Management Authority.

• Rehabilitation of Mwambirwa forest that is an important water catchment area for Voi river and others, and a home for some of the endemic species found in Taita.

• Promotion of Vetiva grass for environmental conservation through the support of its propagation, supply of planting material and marketing.

The conservation of the endemic Critically Endangered Sagalla Caecilian
through catchment and habitat restoration and livelihood improvement of the
local community.

This programme is being undertaken in Sagalla hill where the Sagalla Caecilian (Boulengerula niedeni) is its only known locality in the world. The goal of the programme is to enhance the conservation of this critically endangered endemic caecilian through enhancing its niche through habitat improvement/restoration  and appropriate land use and farming methods. The activities include;

  1. tree planting – indigenous and appropriate exotics such as grevillea,
  2. training on appropriate farming techniques,
  3. introduction of appropriate nature-based livelihood generation strategies such as fish-farming, banana etc.

This programme has received support from;

  1. Rufford Small Grants,
  2. Zoological Society of London (ZSL),
  3. Arizona State University,
  4. Conservation International,
  5. BBC – Wildlife Fund
  6. IUCN S0S
  7. WorldVision – Voi ADP
  8. PELUM – Kenya.