50 young warriors from Naibunga Community Conservancy have become the latest beneficiaries of NRT Trading’s Savings & Credit Cooperative, aimed at mobilising young men to save and borrow money for investment in small businesses.
Conservation pays - the partnership between Saruni Lodges and Kalama and Sera community conservancies has generated $180,000 in revenue for conservancy members since 2016, with projected 2017 figures well above last year's. Funds are allocated toward conservancy operating costs and social projects.
“It’s like when you are born and don’t have a birth certificate, you always feel insecure because you have no real identification. Not having a land rights certificate feels the same,” - members of the Westgate Conservancy community have secured legal rights to their land, giving them greater autonomy and igniting momentum for building a more sustainable future.
As more community conservancies support initiatives to diversify local economies away from pastoralism, a number of entrepreneurs, many of them women with no education, are emerging. In Songa Conservancy, 61 women are starting a beekeeping business, with support from the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Organization and African Beekeepers.
Tom Lalampaa, who for years brilliantly navigated the NRT ship as Chief Programmes Officer, writes for the East African Wildlife Society's SWARA magazine about the status, and future, of Kenya's wild lands.
"Grassroots solutions are often the best, I truly believe this run will make an impact for our girls" - warriors from NRT member conservancies scoop top positions in a run to raise money for girls' education
Kalama Community Conservancy were proud to host a VIP delegation from USAID on Wednesday 24th May, that included USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator Carrie Thompson and Director of Forestry and Biodiversity for USAID Cynthia Gill.
Livestock grazing and grass burning are two tools being used by Ishaqbini Conservancy to try and reduce the massive tick population in the hirola sanctuary - which could threaten the highly endangered antelope.
The Kenyan Camper writes up his latest trip - this time to one of NRT's first and largest member conservancies - Namunyak. In his witty and descriptive blog, he describes the adventure of off-roading and the hunt for the rare De Brazza monkey, all accompanied with stunning photography.
Four male eland were successfully moved from Ol Donyo Farm in Laikipia to Sera Community Conservancy during the first week of February - the third species to be translocated to the area in the past two years.
In the wake of catastrophic declines of vulture populations across Africa, The Peregrine Fund partnered with the Northern Rangelands Trust, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Marwell Wildlife to monitor and protect critical breeding sites in northern Kenya.
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.