The people of Kilifi have kept their forest intact despite high level of poverty. According to figures released last year by the Commission of Revenue Allocation, 71.4% of the people in Kilifi live below the poverty level (less than $1 a day). “It is true that our people are poor, but in terms of natural resources Kilifi County is an island of millionaires in a sea of poverty,” says Charo Ngumba, chairman of Gede CFA.
Charo says unlike in other forests, there is no human-wildlife conflict in Arabuko Sokoke because the Community Development Trust Fund, a project of the EU and Kenyan government “funded the fencing of the forest to the tune of 14m Kenyan shillings (kes), the community contributed 4m kes ($50,000)”.
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