What happens when you get together 70 women from around the world who are fighting crime and disrupting cycles of conflict? NRT peace coordinator Josphine Ekiru was nominated to attend the Women Leaders Promoting Peace conference in the USA - and reflects on an inspirational experience.
When an abandoned hippo calf was reported in a mud pool in Awer Conservancy, NRT partnered with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the Kenya Wildlife Service, Andrew Francombe of Kenya Choppers and the Lamu County Government to coordinate a rescue effort. Watch the rescue vid here!
The charcoal industry is blamed for the destruction of much of Africa's remaining forest, but remains a main source of livelihood for many. Find out how the Naibunga community tackled their crippling charcoal problem, and are sharing their lessons with others.
Il Ngwesi - one of the first community conservancies in Kenya - celebrated its 20th birthday last week. Find out more about this trailblazing conservancy - including the award-winning eco lodge and Omni; the black rhino that united a community.
Ltungai Conservancy takes their young warriors on an exposure tour to Kalama and Westgate - in a bid to inspire them to engage in their conservancy grassland management, and potentially show them a glimpse of the future.
"This was going to be a challenging operation - the wild dog needed to be moved toward the Sanctuary gate and let out before they got hungry. Hirola aren't known for their expert ability to evade predators, and what's more, there were plenty of young calves around." How an entire conservancy came together to tackle some criminal canines.
Saruni, the portfolio of luxury properties in Kenya, has partnered with Sera Community Conservancy to launch the first ever opportunity in east Africa for tourists to track black rhinos on foot. Opening in February 2017, 'Saruni Rhino' combines elegant but simple accommodation in open stone cottages, with a unique opportunity for guests to get close to wild black rhino with an experienced community guide.
On Friday 23rd September, the community in Kalama celebrated economic empowerment, education, and conservation. Warriors, women and children each had their own reason to party; and they did it in true Samburu style.
NRT's Chief Programmes Officer Tom Lalampaa has been awarded the Stanford University's Bright Award. Tom becomes the first African to accept the prestigious international prize that recognises environmental pioneers. His work focuses on ending conflict between rival communities by illustrating the prosperity that comes with peace, which ultimately paves the road for sustainable land management and wildlife conservation in northern Kenya.
Namunyak Community Conservancy is to open the first community owned and managed elephant orphanage in Africa. The Reteti Elephant Sanctuary will take in orphaned and abandoned elephant calves with an aim to release them back into the wild herds adjoining the Sanctuary. Keepers Mary and Naomi, who are both from Namunyak, have already perfected the skill of returning lost calves back to their family herds. Since March, they have successfully returned five abandoned calves to their families, and have not yet needed to hand raise any individuals.
On the 30th and 31st of January 2016, the first ever citizen-driven census of an endangered species took place in northern Kenya. Many of the NRT member community conservancies took part, with the results offering the most precise Grevy's zebra population count in history.
Women from seven NRT member conservancies have presented cheques to their conservancies, from revenue generated from the BeadWORKS business. A total of KSH 662,940 (USD 6,500) has been generated for conservancies during the first six months of 2016.
In these dry months, the NRT peace team step up their work with the conservancies, the peace ambassadors and the rangers. Preventing ethnic conflict before it erupts is their main priority, as is finding and returning stolen livestock.
On the 27th of July 2016, Mette Knudsen, the Danish Ambassador to Kenya, visited Westgate Conservancy. The Danish International Development Agency, DANIDA, is one of NRT's principal donors and the Ambassadors visit was a celebration of longterm support and partnership. It was also an opportunity for Ms. Knudsen to award certificates to morans graduating from the Moran Economic Empowerment Programme
Mpus Kutuk Community Conservancy has expanded into one larger conservancy It is hoped that the establishment of the larger Oldonyiro Community Conservancy will help bring peace and stability to a volatile area, secure a vital wildlife corridor and provide an institutional platform for the communities to engage with surrounding landowners and neighbouring community conservancies.
The Nature Conservancy is working with NRT-Coast to develop and implement a co-management plan for Pate Island waters. This has used science and community knowledge to identify important areas for marine conservation, and aims to contribute toward a sustainable future for the Islanders.
A new livestock weighing scale promises to transform NRT Trading's livestock business, as more accurate prices can be paid to pastoralists. This is the first time NRT Trading have ever used a scale at livestock markets.
Celebrations were underway in Ruko Conservancy last week, when a ceremony was held to officially open a new office block, funded by the Baringo County Government, and received a Conservancy cheque from the same. Alongside this, the ceremony marked the handing over of a conservancy vehicle from NRT.
On 29th June 2016, rangers from four the NRT North Rift conservancies in Turkana and West Pokot were awarded their ranks, after being operational for several months. The rangers were from Masol, Pellow, Kainuk and Katilu Conservancies.