article / 1 December 2023

Conservation of Kikuyu Escarpment Forest

With the support of Women in Conservation Technology (Kenya) and Arm, I had a chance to work with Kijabe Environment Volunteers in Kikuyu Escarpment Forest. This was an opportunity to channel my passion for the environment into tangible actions that promote sustainability and protect natural ecosystems.

My responsibilities at Kijabe Environment Volunteers were diverse and demanding. I conducted field surveys to monitor birds and forest restoration and collect vital data crucial for formulating conservation policies. These surveys involved long walks in the forest, crossing rivers, and observing and counting species of birds to determine diversity. 

Collaborating closely with local communities was integral to the success of our projects and is in line with the objectives and missions of the organisation. I attended community outreach programs, organising workshops and educational sessions to raise awareness about the importance of conservation. These initiatives fostered community involvement.

In addition to fieldwork, I've had the privilege of contributing to international conferences, presenting our research findings, and exchanging ideas with experts and conservationists from diverse backgrounds. These experiences broadened my perspective, allowing me to explore innovative approaches and best practices in the ever-evolving field of conservation.

My commitment to conservation continues to extend beyond the volunteer work. I am now a PhD candidate at Nottingham Trent University, thanks to the mentorship I got from the Women in Conservation Technology Kenyan program. My current research is on the use of acoustics to monitor ecosystem restoration. Other than that, I participate in local environmental initiatives, and weekly bird-watching activities and continue to stay updated on emerging trends and breakthroughs in conservation science and technology through platforms like Wildlabs.

Overall, my professional journey in conservation has been immensely rewarding and fun. It has reinforced my belief in the power of collective action and the urgency of our responsibility to protect and preserve our planet's precious biodiversity for future generations. The Women in Conservation Technology and Arm has played a great role in my career.

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