July 13th, 2020 By Mario Kuraki
MARSABIT, Kenya: The Explorer’s Club Of Kenya has launched a tree-planting initiative to increase the vegetation cover in Korr and Hurri Hills areas, Marsabit County, Kenya.
Addressing the locals in Korr town, The founder of the conservation club Alberto Borges announced that his venture will focus on expanding from Mt Marsabit to the desert areas where desertification is rampant and use the seed balls technology to reverse the situation.
“Planting a tree is a long process. Ideally, it starts with sowing a seed that grows into a seedling, digging holes, transplanting and consistent watering. However, an innovative concept known as ‘seed bombing’ is eliminating the rigorous process and making tree planting fun” Say’s Alberto Borges.
The seed is placed in a ball of charcoal dust mixed with nutritious binders. The biochar coating protects the seed from predators such as birds, rodents and insects, and extreme temperature until the rains season. It is believed that direct seeding reduces transplantation shock and helps young trees grow stronger roots, which in turn helps them grow into stronger trees.
Last year 2019, The Explorer’s Club Of Kenya support several youth groups in Marsabit central by providing them with different species of seedlings, seeds balls and water tanks in the forest cover initiative as one way to teach communities importance of conservation.
While seedballs alone won’t stop deforestation, they have the potential to make a big impact in growing forests, saving ecosystems, and reducing the effects of climate change.
Marsabit forest is a protected area system in northern Kenya, covering 1100 ha. The ecosystem is unique in being a mist forest in a desert biome. It is an important water catchment and conservation area for the desert landscape of northern Kenya. The livelihoods of rural communities living adjacent to the forest are intimately connected to the natural resources provided by this ecosystem.