Second Impala Herd Moved to Sera to Boost Biodiversity

40 impalas from Lewa Wildlife Conservancy have been successfully translocated and released into their new home at the Sera Rhino Sanctuary, Samburu County. They have joined another impala herd, also moved from Lewa in 2015, as the Sera Community Conservancy moves toward increasing landscape biodiversity. The move was a partnership between the Sera community, NRT and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), and was supported by support by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

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Sophie Harrison
Stopping The Silent Extinction

During the first week of September, 28 giraffe were collared in Sera, Kalama, Westgate and Biliqo Bulesa community conservancies, as well as Loisaba Conservancy and Mpala Ranch, as the largest giraffe collaring operation in history came to a close. 39 giraffes have now been GPS-collared in northern Kenya, through a partnership between community conservancies, NRT, Loisaba Conservancy, the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, and San Diego Zoo Global. They are providing invaluable data to scientists and conservationists, and helping communities on the ground to shape the most effective conservation measures - before it’s too late. 

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Sophie Harrison
Rangelands Rehabilitation in Naibunga

Earlier this year, the Naibunga community decided to take action against the degradation of their rangelands. Supported by NRT, and The Nature Conservancy - WYSS, the community was granted Ksh. 2.4 million to rehabilitate degraded land, for the benefit of people and wildlife.  Between them, they worked on healing gullies across more than 10,000 acres, cleared 7,150 acres of damaging Acacia reficiens and reseeded 350 acres with grasses. 

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Sophie Harrison
Samburu Becomes the First County to Approve Bill for Community Conservancies Funding

County Assembly of Samburu have approved the Samburu County Community Conservancies Fund Bill, 2019. The Bill seeks to fund community owned conservancies, starting with KSH. 120 million this financial year. Samburu is the first County to approve such a bill, which will have significant impact on the ability for community conservancies – who largely still rely on donor funding – to be independent and sustainable. 

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Sophie Harrison
#10Morans: How Kevin Found Opportunity in Drought 

“I want other young men to know that there is another way of earning a living apart from livestock” - meet Kevin Lesita, who lost half his livestock herd - his only source of income - in a drought in 2009. He is now a ranger and a part-time farmer, passionate about encouraging other young men to diversify their livelihoods.

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Sophie Harrison
Deforestation; Not Always Bad News

It sounds counter-intuitive: cut down trees to help rehabilitate land. But that’s exactly what the community of Namunyak have been doing, with support from NRT and SIDA. Last week, they held a ceremony to mark the end of weeks of work to clear the highly damaging Acacia reficiens tree from across 1,300 hectares of land.

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Getting to Wild Again; the success story of three hand reared elephants

Separated from their mothers by abandonment or poaching, rescued by community scouts and hand reared by dedicated Samburu keepers, then released fit and strong back into their wild homeland — this is the story of three young elephants that is as heart-breaking as it is heart-warming, and a true testament to the strength of community conservation and partnerships. Thanks to satellite collars and close on-the-ground monitoring, we’ve been able to keep up with how they’re taking to their new life in Sera Community Conservancy; from their first steps outside of the holding pen, to integrating with a wild herd. 

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Sophie Harrison
Business is Key for the Sustainability of Community Conservancies; and the Women of BeadWORKS are Leading the Way

When cultural norms hinder your opportunity to get an education, own property, or even make decisions about your own body, the chances of you starting a business are slim. For women in northern Kenya, this is a reality that perpetuates the poverty cycle, and often prevents them from becoming decision-makers, entrepreneurs and agents of change. This gender-based cultural suppression isn’t just bad for women, it’s bad for men and the economy too. As community conservancies look for ways to reduce reliance on donor funding, strong governance and business development are key, and that means increasing entrepreneurial opportunities for women. 

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Sophie Harrison