The Chyulu Hills are a volcanic mountain range in south-eastern Kenya and represent a critical ecosystem in a largely water-deficient arid and semi-arid landscape. They are part of the greater Tsavo Conservation area (TCA) and form a critical wildlife corridor between Tsavo and Amboseli National Parks. The area is home both to Maasai pastoralists and Kamba agriculturalists, who have utilized the land for decades. The cloud forest on top of the hills is a unique feature and the landscape provides important ecosystem services to the communities, including water provision, carbon sequestration and storage, ethnomedicinal plants, cultural heritage, and biodiversity as well as climate regulation.
The Chyulu Hills REDD+ Project was developed through a highly effective collaborative process between communities, landowners, public agencies, not for profit organizations and private sector partners. The partner organizations brought their strong commitment to conserving the Chyulu Hills Ecosystem together with an impressive range of skills and knowledge needed to develop and implement a successful and multi-faced conservation project that integrates protection of an iconic ecosystem with supporting the economic and social well-being of local communities.