Commitment to rewilding and regeneration of the natural ecosystems in Kilifi is deeply rooted in
the vision, mission, and core values of Green Heart of Kenya. Matteo Contardo, head of the
rewilding unit, noted during the launch of the tree planting in May 2022 that:
“Today we start the first step in a very long journey. We will plant the first trees that will
form the foundation for 500,000 trees to be planted by Green Heart of Kenya by 2030.
With your help, we see this as the start of something significant and impactful.”
Checking in with the progress, over 8,000 trees have already been planted and the rains are
showing no signs of slowing down. What a blessing! Hopefully, we continue to build our
ecosystems in the same organic mould.
It takes you a very short time to discover a few common trends in Kenya, across Africa, and
globally. First, the thirst for wood, timber, paper, and other tree products continues to increase
as populations rise. The obvious result is increased desertification and the destruction of
indigenous tree species. Second, ecosystems are continually destroyed as people seek new
livelihoods and develop new forms of housing and settlements.
Green Heart of Kenya identifies the need to regenerate these ecosystems through deliberate
efforts to plant indigenous trees, provide tree guardianship, and ensure the ecosystems are not
only restored but also protected. We want our rewilding efforts to provide a model that can be
replicated across the world.
That is a half-a-million question. For us, we are pressing forward with planting more trees. For
you, there are definitely areas where you could be actively involved and play a more significant
role. We believe that you can work with us to rewild Kilifi and maintain its natural and pristine