The Colobus Corridor Project is aiming to partner with home owners, renters, kiosk owners, hoteliers and other residents of Diani to plant indigenous trees. These trees will grow and reconnect forest patches within Diani keeping our town’s natural beauty that brought most of us here in the first place.
Diani is competing with numerous holiday destinations around the world for a limited number of tourists. Hotels and Colobus Conservation have the same goal, and that is to keep Diani’s natural beauty. Hotels are looking for a distinctive experience to lure their clients to the south coast, while Colobus Conservation is looking to conserve the unique biodiversity of coastal forest. This common goal provides a unique opportunity to work together to ‘Go Green.’
For the residents of Diani, the natural beauty has most often been the appeal to move here. Residents for this reason have the same goal as the hotels and Colobus Conservation. However, an estimated 75% of Diani’s forest has been lost to development over the last 25 years. The remaining forest patches are fragmented and isolated. Still recognised as one of the top 10 world’s biodiversity hotspots, Diani’s inclusion in this remarkable list is quickly losing that claim.
‘Going Green’ is not just an excuse for promoting wildlife but is important for our lifestyle, in that a green Diani is simply a nicer place to live compared to a concrete jungle. Additionally, it attracts more tourists and that means jobs.
But did you know that growing trees also helps with maintaining the indigenous forest bird populations, a noticeable benefit from the invasive Indian house crow. Growing trees binds soil so decreases dust around homes, decreases erosion on properties, gives storm protection to buildings and provides shade.
And yes, trees provide food for monkeys and few places in the world can boast on having so many species living in a suburban setting. Colobus Conservation is leading the way in developing solutions to human-monkey conflict internationally.
So, Colobus Conservation is looking to partner with residents, renters, kiosk and hotel owners, really anyone, to plant trees in Diani so that we can keep Diani green and go against the tide of deforestation that is happening before our eyes. Often just a few indigenous trees on any one property will make a difference to Diani’s future. Let’s all remove the invasive Neem seedlings and plant the trees from the original forest.