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The Green Belt Movement Leads Field Excursion to the Aberdares for MyCOE/SERVIR East Africa Workshop Participants

January 15, 2013 - 11:00AM
Published by Grace Wanene

On Saturday, December 15th the Green Belt Movement (GBM) trained 17 teams of university fellows and mentors totaling 45 participants from nine African countries in best practices for participatory conservation work with a local community and the application of mapping and GPS methods to plan, monitor and report progress of reforestation sites.

Rift Valley’s Youngest Peace Agents

December 18, 2012 - 03:15PM
Published by Amy Haworth Johns

GBM's Peace Festival in Molo Town identifies children and youth as active contibutors to peace.

Photo Blog: GBM Green Belt Safari with Shaklee, Kenya Defence Force and Mainichi News.

November 30, 2012 - 10:00AM
Published by Amy Haworth Johns

Tree planting event in Kandara Constituency with long-time supporters: Shaklee, Mainichi and the Kenya Defence Force. 

GBM Continues to Promote Peace in the Rift Valley

November 28, 2012 - 06:55PM
Published by Amy Haworth Johns

Working to promote peace, reconciliation and environmental awareness in Kenya’s Rift Valley region.

Shop at and Support GBM

November 24, 2012 - 01:00PM
Published by Grace Wanene

During the rush of festive shopping, any of our supporters in the UK can support the Green Belt Movement without spending an extra penny!

Voices from Samburu Women in Kirisia Watersheds

October 29, 2012 - 05:30PM
Published by Vicky Brotherton

Samburu communities rely on the Kirisia watersheds to provide life-giving resources. However, the overdependence on forest resources in the Kirisia watersheds has pushed these dryland forests to their limits. 

Celebrating the Life and Work of Professor Wangari Maathai

October 1, 2012 - 01:25PM
Published by Sofia Olsson

Last week, the Green Belt Movement (GBM), together with friends and family of Professor Wangari Maathai marked her 1st anniversary memorial at an event held at the GBM headquarters in Kilimani, Nairobi.

Guests included Kenya’s Prime Minister (PM), the Right Hon. Raila Amolo Odinga, M.P; Vice President, Hon. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, MP; Nairobi Provincial Commissioner, Mr. Njoroge Ndirangu; and the Posta Corporation’s CEO, Dr. Enoch Kinara.

The Storymoja Hay Festival honours Wangari Maathai!

September 18, 2012 - 01:05PM
Published by Vicky Brotherton

The 4th Storymoja Hay Festival was held in Nairobi this past weekend. The festival is the Hay Festival’s African counterpart, bringing together writers from across the world. In honour of Wangari Maathai, an annual ‘Wangari Maathai lecture’ was launched. The inaugural lecture was given by the celebrated Chinese author and historian, Jung Chang.

The Great Primate Handshake!

September 6, 2012 - 11:40AM
Published by Vicky Brotherton

In August, the Green Belt Movement (GBM) hosted a team of eleven volunteer photographers, filmmakers, graphic designers and media creators from the Great Primate Handshake. Primate Handshake raises awareness on primate sanctuaries and conservation programmes through the production of video, web and media content. They also run expeditions with local conservation organisations to identify ways in which Primate Handshake can support them – especially through the use of digital media. 

Queen of Africa’s Trees: The Sacred Fig Tree

August 16, 2012 - 04:10PM
Published by Samantha Wilde

“In Africa, there lives an extraordinary tree. She is queen of the riverbank. A monarch, whose story stretches back millions of years. In tribal cultures, her mysterious ways have fuelled myth and legend. They set her apart from other trees. She is a Sycamore Fig, Queen of Africa’s trees.”