Kenya Jatropha Energy Ltd (KJE), a subsidiary of Italian company Nuove Iniziative Industriali Srl, proposed a jatropha plantation biofuel project in the Dakatcha Woodlands. The area is a biodiversity hotspot and home to over 20,000 people from the Watha and Giriama tribes, the majority engaged in small-scale farming. The end use of the biodiesel produced from the jatropha was to be heat and power generation for companies in the European Union and transport in Kenya. Before the EIA was advertised, clearing of land began. The Watha community filed a court case (Case No. Civil suit No.124 of 2009) in the High Court of Malindi stopping clearing of the land. Other reports indicate that the local community reacted by chasing out the plant operators from the site. After community protests and international attention, the Kenyan National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) announced the project would not be allowed.