Exciting news! We have just become an Actor for the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030. As part of this growing, global network, we are amplifying the UN Decade’s mission to prevent, halt, and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide.
We are proud to work with our partners
UN Decade for Ecosystem Restoration
The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is a rallying call for the protection and revival of ecosystems all around the world, for the benefit of people and nature. It aims to halt the degradation of ecosystems, and restore them to achieve global goals. Only with healthy ecosystems can we enhance people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change, and stop the collapse of biodiversity.
Brackenhurst and Plants for Life International (PLI) are partners in forest restoration and conservation. PLI leads the scientific portion of the conservation efforts, including planting trees, harbouring seeds, and doing conservation research. CER-K works with PLI to educate people on its research programmes and make our research findings more accessible.
Our Highland Hub (formerly Brackenhurst Botanical Gardens and Forest) has been a member of BGCI since 2004, and in 2021 this partnership was strengthened when it became the first-ever accredited botanic garden in Kenya.
EDU Africa is a global educational travel company whose target market is university students. It works with universities worldwide to bring students to Brackenhurst to carry out conservation research. At CER-K, we love to welcome volunteers to work with us.
Woodland Star International School is built using Green Technology and is located at Brackenhurst. The school’s curriculum emphasizes learning about nature and humanity’s place in it. CER-K works with the school by providing conservation-centred educational experiences for students.
The Maa Trust is a non-profit organisation that works with community-owned wildlife conservancies in the Maasai Mara to increase the benefits of wildlife and conservation to Maasai families. CER-K’s Savannah Hub is situated next to the Maa Trust Hub.
ForestFoods pioneers regenerative agriculture across Kenya with a specific focus on syntropic agroforestry. This model has worked in other countries across the world but not yet within East Africa. Be sure to book a visit with them when you are at Brackenhurst to experience a novel approach to food production that supports biodiversity.
NTU has been a key research partner with CER-K, resulting in a successful Erasmus & grant application focused on mobility. It has carried out research with two other Kenyan universities focusing on the impacts of the restoration work at the Brackenhurst Botanical Garden and Forest. This partnership continues to evolve with NTU committed to supporting our research programmes including two PhD’s focused on restoration ecology.
SER advances the science, practice and policy of ecological restoration to sustain biodiversity, improve resilience in a changing climate, and re-establish an ecologically healthy relationship between nature and culture. They support the professional certification of our staff through their CERPIT scheme.
The African Botanic Garden Network (ABGN) was established in 2002 to promote and support the work of botanical gardens and associated institutions through education, conservation, and sustainable use of plants for development, poverty alleviation, and halting biodiversity loss.
Arbnet is an interactive and collaborative international community of professionals who focus on arboreta and tree studies. It facilitates the sharing of knowledge, experience, and resources to help arboreta meet their institutional goals. It raises professional standards through the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program. CER-K’s is on its way to becoming a level 3 arboretum through ArbNet.
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
JKUAT has been a key partner in delivering the Erasmus & grant application. Their botany department has supported CER-K in studies related to the taxonomic diversity of climbers and wetland plant diversity.
Tree Safari collects & shares stories about Kenyan trees and forests that elevate the importance of forests to Kenya’s culture, ecology, and history.
Be sure to check out their most recent story on Brackenhurst Botanical Garden and Forest.
Muna Tree Café keeps guests at Brackenhurst well hydrated and fed. It contributes financially by donating a % of its monthly revenue to CER-K, so ensure you go and get yourself a steaming cup of coffee to ward off the inescapable cold that the dense forest brings.