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Without nature, there is no us. It is, therefore, our responsibility to reduce our impact on the environment as much as possible.
This will ensure that generations to come are able to enjoy the outdoors to the same extent that we do today. It is for this reason that we are proud to be ‘1% For Nature’.
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Basecamp Explorer Foundation was established in Kenyas iconic Serengeti Mara Ecosystem to fight the extinction of wildlife while bringing environmental, economic, and social improvements to local communities.
Together with Norrøna, Basecamp Explorer Foundation is implementing a landmark reforestation program, which to date has seen over 170,000 trees planted. Not only does the project revive the natural habitats, but it also offsets the carbon footprint making Basecamp Explorer carbon neutral by the end of this year. Within a five year period they aim to plant 500.000 trees.
With more than 178´000 trees planted to date, the BCMM campsite has been transformed into a “micro-climate” area.
Aiming to revive the biodiversity and empower the local community in the region surrounding the BCMM, Basecamp Explorer Kenya partnered with the Talek community and leased 100 more acres of land, planning to expand the area to 300 acres in the future. The goal is to develop a sustainable conservation and reforestation plan consisting not only of a further tree-planting, but also including several community development programs, such as waste management, infrastructure for water access, and livestock programs.
Increased biodiversity: With more than 178,000 trees planted to date, BCMM has become a haven for over 300 bird species and 80 – even previously extinct – plant species that have been eradicated outside of this area.
CO2 offsetting: by the end of 2019 Basecamp Explorer Kenya will plant 250’000 more trees on 100 additional acres surrounding the BCMM campsite, offsetting approximately 100’000 tons (for a period of 20 years) of carbon emissions caused by its tourism operations.
Community development: the sustainable reforestation project also covers critical community development initiatives, such as waste management or reliable access to water, mitigating the human-wildlife conflict especially during dry seasons; furthermore, people benefit from increased access to medicinal plants and firewood
Capacity building and empowerment of people: Basecamp Explorer Kenya will train and employ local Maasai to set-up and run the seedling nursery, plant the trees, and implement the associated community development projects.