Our Projects

Restoring Nature. Empowering Communities.

The 'Herder Conservation Initiative' - HCI

HCI engages herders, who have a deep understanding of the local environment and the behaviours of wildlife, to monitor wildlife and enhance conservation outcomes.

By involving herders in this way, the project recognises the importance of traditional ecological knowledge and the role it plays in conservation efforts. This approach empowers local communities by giving them a sense of ownership and responsibility over the conservation of wildlife and their habitats.


Our Ramat model is based on enhancing community engagement and aims to scale up suitable and proven restoration practices by increasing awareness, implementation and monitoring of the farmer-managed natural regeneration (FMNR).

Farmer-managed natural regeneration is a low-cost, sustainable land restoration technique used to build resilience to climate extremes.
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Bee Works Africa

We work directly with user groups like community forest associations and other community members living near protected areas and conservancies in Kenya.

By enhancing their capacity and purchasing honey directly from these groups, we incentivize them to take part in nature-based businesses like beekeeping, which not only enhances their livelihoods but also helps conserve biodiversity
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NaPO Conservation Cup

The NaPO Conservation Cup is an annual football that aims to empower youth to restore their landscapes through football.

The 2023 inaugural edition brought together 16 teams (240 youth) who have planted 1463 indigenous tree seedlings. and are currently managing 7 sites through FMNR (farmer-managed natural regeneration).
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Restoring the dryland forests of Northern Kenya

NAPO established the Mt Marsabit Tree Nursery in 2021 and thus far we have distributed 3000+ native tree seedlings towards ecosystem restoration of the Mt. Marsabit landscape.

This has been carried out in partnership with the Kenya Forest Service, Equity bank and several schools in the area.

Enhancing governance of protected and conserved areas

In collaboration with WWF Kenya through the Voices for Climate Action (VCA) project, NAPO facilitated community discussions aiming to co-create solutions for improved rangeland governance and management.

The project has so far facilitated multistakeholder discussions in 3 critical landscapes, Mt Marsabit, Ndoto Ranges and Mt Ng'iro, which provide important ecosystem services to both wildlife and communities that face the impacts of climate change.

Knowledge building on Native Tree Species

In collaboration with the UNDP Small Grants Program, NAPO is documenting useful traditional knowledge on medicinal and ceremonial trees of the Rendille and Samburu communities.

Documenting this knowledge serves two purposes; 

 1. to ensure this important knowledge is not lost and is available to future generations

2. to guide ecosystem restoration efforts in a way that ensures communities benefit from this work.

Promoting harmony with nature

The project aimed at observing the important interactions of the indigenous Rendille people and wildlife in the Mt. Marsabit ecosystem.

We observed heavy co-existence by both herders and wildlife in utilizing the available resources. This delivered a key understanding of the dynamics of the human-wildlife interactions In the area and serves as a key reference for our future community driven wildlife projects in the area.