NRT was established in 2004. Its mission is to develop resilient community conservancies which transform people’s lives, secure peace and conserve natural resources. It does this in a number of ways.
- It raises funds for the conservancies.
- It provides them with advice on how to manage their affairs.
- It supports a wide range of training and helps broker agreements between conservancies and investors.
- It also monitors performance, providing donors with a degree of oversight and quality assurance.
NRT’s highest governing body is the Council of Elders. The chairs of the conservancies make up the majority, and are joined by institutional members representing county councils, local wildlife forums, the Kenya Wildlife Service and the private sector. The Council guides NRT policy and is responsible for drawing up the bylaws for its operation and administration. It also appoints eight of the 15-member Board of Directors, to whom the chief executive officer is answerable.
NRT is now widely seen as a model of how to support community conservancies. Its success has helped shape new government regulations on establishing, registering and managing community conservancies in Kenya.