Hon. Mohammed Elmi is "extremely honoured" to have been appointed Chief Administrative Secretary for the Ministry of Environment by President Uhuru Kenyatta. This appointment is a testament to his in-depth experience as well as an indication of government-level recognition of the critical role community conservancies play in protecting Kenya's natural resources.
In a gesture that symbolises the immense value placed on wildlife rangers by the local community, members of Songa Conservancy have voted in favour of sharing precious borehole water with scouts, after burst tanks left taps at the headquarters dry.
On the Thursday 22nd February 2018, Ruko Community Conservancy welcomed the United States Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec. The much-anticipated visit was highlighted with traditional Pokot and Njemps song and dance, as well as a tour of the community-run giraffe sanctuary.
In an effort to nurture lobster fisheries, Pate Marine Community Conservancy has developed an simple, innovative way to demarcate restricted fishing zones while providing lobsters with a safe place to breed.
The intrepid Kenyan Camper has finally conquered Lake Turkana. For the avid adventurers that follow his blog, this has been a long-anticipating post; and we're being treated to two instalments of it. Part 1 of this photo essay doesn't disappoint, full of the breathtaking landscape photography we've become accustomed to seeing from this nomad.
The Saruni Rhino tourist lodge in Sera Community Conservancy is finishing the construction of a third banda which will double its capacity from 4 beds to 8, in order to meet popular demand. This will enable Saruni to employ another 3 staff, bringing the total number of local employees to 10, as well as increase revenue potential to Sera.
To monitor the world's most endangered antelope, San Diego Zoo have sponsored motion-sensor cameras that can send real-time images to rangers, management, vets and scientists direct from the Ishaqbini Sanctuary.
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.