Governors Meeting

Strengthening the partnership between the County Governments and NRT  

In the past 15 years, the Northern Rangelands Trust has grown from two member conservancies in just two counties – to over 27 community conservancies that now span ten counties across northern Kenya. Partnerships with county governments are now more important than ever, and having their positive support has proven extremely valuable in NRT’s peace, governance and enterprise activities.  

On the 23rd August, Governors from Samburu, Isiolo, Laikipia, Marsabit and Wajir counties met with the NRT Chairman, Hon. Elmi, and other NRT staff during a Governors meeting aimed at strengthening this ever growing partnership. Among the issues discussed were:

  • Drafting a Memorandum of Understanding with county governments
  • Drafting a prototype legislation for conservancy support
  • The creation of a biannual Governor’s forum
  • Incorporating community conservancy management plans with the County Integrated Development Programmes. Possible involvement of county planning teams in the development of conservancy management plans
  • The need for more conservancy rangers to be awarded Kenya Police Reservist status
  • Improving communication between NRT and county government – governors expressed the need for a dedicated NRT Government Liaison Officer, which the Trust plan on recruiting in the next month
  • The establishment of new conservancies – there were 29 proposed across Samburu (3), Marsabit (10), Laikipia (6), Isiolo (8) and Wajir (2)
  • Joint financial and fundraising support to conservancies

 

A group photo: Governors from five counties meet with NRT staff

A group photo: Governors from five counties meet with NRT staff