Mount Elgon-Isolated Island

Mount Elgon is a biodiversity hotspot of global importance. Today, a growing population of around two million people is almost isolating the montane ecosystem from the surrounding habitats. Most of the people are subsistence farmer who are living on small farms (Shambas).

Initially, local Kenyan communities used the forest areas to collect products like fuel wood, timber, honey, bamboo, bush meat and medicinal herbs moreover to practice religious ceremonies. The highest human population density as well as the fastest population growth within Kenya is putting very high pressure on this unique montane ecosystem.