Kenyans from Africa Biodiversity Network visit Moribane Forest
For a few days in September, the elders of Mpunga Regulado (traditional area) in Moribane Forest, Manica Province, hosted Mburu Gathuru and Tetu from Kenya.
In January of this year, three members of MICAIA’s team (Eduardo, Mariamu and Daglasse) spent two weeks in Kenya training and learning about how some communities around Mt Kenya have been helped to link traditional forms of ecological governance with modern laws and conventions, and in so doing have been successful in reversing years of increasing damage to their forest. The Kenyan hosts were all members of the Africa Biodiversity Network, and included Mburu from Institute for Culture and Ecology, and Tetu from Porini, another Kenyan NGO. Mburu and Tetu are pioneers in the field of community ecological governance, and their work in Kenya with elders has had dramatic results. With their support, MICAIA has been exploring how best to integrate traditional governance in the management of Moribane Forest.
Mburu and Tetu lived with the Moribane elders for three days, sleeping in the forest, sharing local traditional food (including indigenous plants and roots), and learning about the myths, sacred sites and traditional lore of the community. In addition to sharing their experience in Kenya, Mburu and
MICAIA forms partnership with new economics foundation (nef) in UK
20 March 2008
UK-based ‘think and do tank’, new economics foundation, is one of the UK’s most innovative and influential NGOs working on strengthening local economies. There is a natural fit with MICAIA and a meeting at nef’s London office yielded the prospect of a long-term partnership. MICAIA will explore how to deploy and adapt some of nef’s approaches to community enterprise development, and in turn will help expand nef’s international programme and learning network.