Lewa is a 93,000-acre UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kenya that has been Green Listed by IUCN for excellence in protected area management. The threatened species Lewa focuses on preserving face habitat loss and land degradation, both of which are exacerbated by climate change and limited fresh water availability.
In 2020, Bently Foundation awarded Lewa with a grant for $100,000 to undertake a unique research project gathering data that will facilitate a long term proactive approach to natural resource management. Through comprehensive hydrological and soil monitoring as well as collecting and analyzing climate data (e.g. rainfall, temperature, wind, pressure, radiation and humidity), they will better understand their resources, identify risks, and develop tools to manage water-allocation going forward.
Photos by: Rob Merrick