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Wool spinning for biodiversity conservation – Friends of Kinangop Plateau

  • Wool spinning for biodiversity conservation – Friends of Kinangop Plateau
  • Wool spinning for biodiversity conservation – Friends of Kinangop Plateau
  • Wool spinning for biodiversity conservation – Friends of Kinangop Plateau

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When? : Its a Daytrip from Nairobi, they are flexible in arranging time and date
Spoken languages : English, Swahili and Kikuyu and basic Germany
Link to Website (optional) : http://fokp.or.ke/
Location : Kinangop Plateau, Kenya

Kinangop Highlands are important agricultural area. The high altitude grasslands of Kinangop Plateau are recognized as an Important Bird Area due to presence of specialized birds and therefore of great conservation priority. The livelihood of the local community revolves around livestock rearing and small-scale cultivation for both subsistence and cash crops. One of the successful tool to help preserve the grasslands is the Njabini Wool Spinning and Weaving Workshop. An initiative of Friends of Kinangop Plateau (FoKP), Community based Organization founded in 1996. The wool spinning workshop started in 2004 in a small rental shop in Njabini Township. Successful outreach to farmers earned the workshop a bigger working space in the Njabini Agricultural Training Centre back in 2007. Under strong leadership of FoKP leaders, the workshop has managed to form a cooperative society, with support from David Fox and family in UK, they have managed to construct a new wool workshop. A Germany School, P.A.B.has alos given a lot of support in capacity building and building strong partnership. Travelers are welcome to join for a day to do bird watching, tree planting and learn how to spin or wave and get to know the locals from the Kinangop Highlands.

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