'Ramat' - in samburu means to 'take care of' and usually refers to livestock herding.
Our Ramat model is based on enhancing community engagement andaims 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.
In practice, FMNR involves the systematic regrowth and management of trees and shrubs from felled tree stumps, sprouting root systems or seeds. The regrown trees and shrubs help restore soil structure and fertility, inhibit erosion and soil moisture evaporation and increase biodiversity. Ramat seeks to enhance the restoration of important rangelands surrounding the Mt Marsabit forest.
Ramat begins by facilitating discussions with stakeholders, fostering awareness and understanding of the importance of forest restoration. Communities are encouraged to form groups and select designated restoration sites.
Communities are trained in the technique of selective tree pruning, where they identify and retain key indigenous tree species while removing non-productive or invasive species. This practice stimulates the growth of desirable trees and encourages natural regeneration.
Over the course of one year, communities protect and nurture regenerating trees by implementing simple but effective measures, such as painting trees that are under group protection. Other community members are made aware of the painted/marked trees. These efforts safeguard the young trees from grazing animals and promote their healthy growth.
After the tournament, teams will continue to take care of the trees planted in the previous year, including watering, pruning, and protection from threats. Teams are required to submit regular reports on the status of the trees and their restoration efforts to NaPO for monitoring and evaluation. The NaPO team will conduct regular field visits to verify the tree growing efforts and provide technical support to the teams throughout the year