Overgrazing

Ultimately if nothing is done to stem the burning, overgrazing and habitat destruction within this ecosystem the future of the pastoralist tribes and the wildlife looks bleak...

Habitat Destruction

 

One of the most important programmes of the Milgis Trust is to help the communities understand the implications of habitat destruction and to teach them how to harvest sensibly, so that the tree is there for next year. It is also the Trust’s aim to promote the planting of ‘live bomas' with commifera trees, so that when people move there is already an old 'boma' to move into.  This would mean less work for the mover and less destruction, whilst being totally natural and sustainable. 

 

Due to the traditional ways of keeping many livestock,  over-grazing , irresponsible burning along the luggas, reckless cutting down of trees to feed hungry livestock and to make new bomas [kraals] every time a pastoralist moves, parts of this land are unusable and unsustainable.

 

Communities in despair resort to moving into the hills, and even try burning the forest in the hope of securing more grass for their cattle, which is leading to severe soil erosion and is clearly visible when a huge lugga has a flash flood and the next day there is an inch of mud left on top of the sand.

 

Unfortunatley because of the incredible population increase, traditional ways and the belief of 'the larger the herd the better' these problems will continue to exist unless something is done about it; which takes us back to 'Quality rather than Quantity' and our vet programme.