Who we are
The Northern Rangelands Trust is a community conservancy membership organisation. Our mission is to develop resilient community conservancies, which transform people’s lives, secure peace and conserve natural resources.
We do this by supporting and empowering communities to:
- Develop locally-led governance structures
- Run peace and security programmes
- Take the lead in natural resource management
- Manage sustainable businesses linked to conservation
We fundraise for our member conservancies, and provide advice and guidance on management. We support a wide range of training, monitor performance, and work as an independent third party in support of conservancy partnerships with county and national government, investors and development partners.
There are currently 35 member conservancies covering 42,000 square kilometres of northern and coastal Kenya, home to around 320,000 people belonging to 18 different ethnic groups. The conservancies incorporate a diverse range of habitats, from mountains, dense forests and mighty rivers to deserts, savannahs, lakes, deltas and the Indian Ocean. They are home to an equally diverse array of wildlife, including elephant, lion, giraffe, oryx, hirola and black rhino.
The NRT Board (currently chaired by Hon. Mohamed Elmi MP and vice chaired by Dr Hassan Wario, Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and the Arts) is accountable to an over-arching Council of Elders, which is comprised of the elected chairpersons of all the member conservancies. The Council of Elders is currently chaired by David Lekoomet (Kalama Conservancy), and vice chaired by Omar Godana (Nasuulu Conservancy).
NRT has four regional offices, each with a regional director:
- NRT Centre, headquartered in Meru County
- NRT Coast, headquartered in Lamu County
- NRT North East, headquartered in Marsabit County
- NRT West, headquartered in Laikipia County
We are proud to be a founding partner of the Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association, of which all NRT conservancies are members.