The Friends of Arabuko-Sokoke Forest is a non-profit conservation organisation supporting the management and conservation of the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, by working closely with government partners as well as the communities bordering the forest.
Safer habitat for forest animals, Ecosystem restored, Greater biodiversity.
Investment opportunities in forest adjacent areas, Sustainable tourism, More jobs, More productive work force, High quality and sustainable forest related business, Provision of ecosystem services.
New jobs and job security, Safer communities, Greater gender equality, Nature based livelihoods.
In 2019, the forest became included in UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme and its ecosystem promotes solutions reconciling the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use. The Arabuko-Sokoke Forest provides significant natural habitat for the conservation of rare and endangered mammal species, including three globally threatened species of mammals: the Golden-rumped elephant shrew, Ader’s duiker and Sokoke bushy tailed mongoose.
The golden-rumped elephant shrew is found in the northern coastal areas in and around Arabuko Sokoke National Park Mombasa in Kenya. The golden-rumped elephant shrew has long muscular rear legs and shorter, less developed forelegs
The golden-rumped elephant shrew is classified as endangered largely due to a fragmented forest environment and anthropogenic factors. Their most notable population is in the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest in Kenya. They are subject to being caught in traps, but are not targeted as a source of food because of their poor taste. In the early 1990s, it was estimated that roughly 3,000 were caught yearly.
The essential problem facing the Arabuko-Sokoke forest is the ongoing degradation of the forest biodiversity by the forest adjacent communities. As long as the demand for forest and wildlife-related products exists, the forest biodiversity will be under constant threat. We must continually adapt to this evolving threat of illegal logging, charcoal production or poaching in order to protect the Arabuko-Sokoke forest biodiversity. The main cause of forest exploitation is due to poverty and limited livelihood options. Pressure due to population growth and inadequate government service provision is the greatest threat to the forest and species within it. If the forest is to become sustainable for the long-term, its security is a prerequisite for poverty alleviation, economic development, and for providing safety for all wildlife and their habitats.