County governments are increasingly recognising the benefits of community conservancies — to livelihoods, to local economy, and to natural resources. NRT member conservancies cover 10 counties in Kenya and all 10 county governments are now actively supporting these conservancies - with six providing financial support.
NRT has developed good working relations with the County Governments, and Governors are keen to deepen and expand relationships with NRT and support for conservancies. County Governments have asked NRT to assist in developing county legislation to enable support to conservancies. This will be an important part of locking in county funding, and ensuring continuity across successive administrations.
A key instrument of engagement between NRT conservancies and county government is the Conservancy Management and Community Development Plans, which are starting to link with the County Integrated Development Plans, to define community-led funding priorities for the counties.