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Kenya dancing-jewel (Platycypha amboniensis)

Mohamed bin Zayed Species project number 220529140

Research and Conservation of the Critically Endangered Kenya Montane Dancing Jewel (Platycypha amboniensis) in Mount Kenya

Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation (Project No. 220529140) - Kenya dancing-jewel - Awarded $5,000 on June 10, 2022

The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund generously funded a pioneering project dedicated to the research and conservation of the critically endangered Kenya's montane dancing-jewel (Platycypha amboniensis) in the Mount Kenya region. The species faces severe threats due to its limited range, with confirmed patchy populations and vulnerable streams heading south from the Mount Kenya forest. The primary project objective was to enhance the conservation status of this rare and endemic dragonfly by addressing threats stemming from water abstraction and potential siltation affecting larval emergence.

Methodologies and Approaches:

The project employed a multi-faceted approach, combining community-based research and monitoring, environmental education, and evidence-based ecosystem restoration. To address the observed impact of water abstraction on montane dancing-jewel populations, the project strategically engaged local communities. A key component involved educational initiatives and capacity building to foster a collaborative relationship between dragonfly conservation and community water users.

Outcomes and Achievements:

The project successfully raised awareness within local communities about the significance of preserving critical habitats for the Kenya’s montane dancing-jewel. By implementing community-based monitoring, the project obtained valuable data on the dragonfly's habitat requirements and population dynamics. Additionally, evidence-based ecosystem restoration initiatives were undertaken to mitigate the effects of water abstraction on larval emergence.

Significance and Impact:

This project marks a significant milestone as the first initiative dedicated to the conservation of threatened dragonflies in Eastern Africa. By fostering collaboration between conservationists and local communities, it not only contributed to the protection of a critically endangered species but also established a model for sustainable conservation practices in the region.

Conclusion and Future Directions:

The success of this project underscores the importance of collaborative efforts in biodiversity conservation. Moving forward, sustained engagement with local communities, continued monitoring, and adaptive management strategies will be crucial to ensure the ongoing success of Kenya's montane dancing-jewel conservation. We express our gratitude to the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund for their invaluable support, enabling this groundbreaking conservation initiative.

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