Naibunga HQ Officially Opened

Hon. Francis Ole Kaparo, one of the founders of the Northern Rangelands Trust, was the guest of honour at the Naibunga Community Conservancy on Friday 10th April, as he officially opened the new Conservancy headquarters. 

Hon.Kaparo commending the Kenya Wildlife Service Laikipia warden for a good working relationship with NRT

Hon.Kaparo commending the Kenya Wildlife Service Laikipia warden for a good working relationship with NRT

Naibunga Community Conservancy sits in Laikipia County, and borders Mpus-Kutuk Community Conservancy to the north, and the Mukogodo Forest to the east. It registered as a community conservancy in 2001, when the nine group ranches in the area came together for conservation and livelihoods development. Representatives from all nine ranches attended the opening of the new headquarters in April, as did guests from County Government, provincial administration, the Kenya Wildlife Service, neighbouring ranches of Ol Jogi and Loisaba and conservation partners such as the Laikipia Wildlife Forum.

Francis Ole Kaparo was the guest of honour, and rightly so. Hon. Kaparo was MP for Laikipia East from 1988 to 1992, and has served in various Government ministries since then. In 2004, Hon. Kaparo and Ian Craig, then the manager of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, established NRT to assist the growing number of community conservancies in northern Kenya – Naibunga was one such conservancy. Hon. Kaparo was greeted to song and dance from community members at the ceremony, and cut the ribbon to officially open the new headquarters. In his speech, he thanked the community for their support and hard work, and said that conservancies like Naibunga are a materialisation of the dreams he had when he started NRT over 10 years ago. The KWS Laikipia warden praised the NRT conservancies in the County for improving wildlife security, while NRT’s Director of Conservation Ian Craig praised the partnerships that have led to this improvement. 

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The new headquarters will boost morale among the Naibunga Conservancy staff, and enable them to coordinate operations, conduct meetings, and carry out their management duties more effectively.