NRT and the conservancies work closely with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Kenya Police, local government authorities and others to support a community-led approach to securing the north Kenya landscape.
Each NRT member conservancy employs a team of uniformed rangers from the local communities, who are trained at the KWS Law Enforcement Academy in Manyani. Rangers play a vital role in monitoring endangered wildlife species, conducting anti-poaching patrols, raising conservation awareness in their local communities and acting as community wildlife ambassadors. Many conservancies are home to multiple ethnic groups, and all have equal representation in the ranger teams. Some of these rangers are also National Police Reservists - a status granted by the Kenya Police which authorises them to carry police firearms after undergoing thorough vetting by the respective County Security Committees.
NRT employs five mobile security teams who specialise in anti-poaching and stock theft across clusters of conservancies, working closely with the Kenya Police, KWS and individual conservancy rangers. These multi-ethnic teams are all recruited from within existing conservancies, which has proven to be one of their greatest strengths.
NRT's rapid response units spend up to 26 days every month in the field. They are wildlife guardians, peace-keepers, Police support and conservationists all rolled into one. Here, they talk to film maker Martin Buzora about their work and achievements.
North Kenya has a history marred with ethnic conflict and insecurity, which has hindered development, perpetuated poverty and disrupted lives for years. Now, the stakes are higher, with a growing human population competing for dwindling natural resources, a ready availability of illegal weapons and an unsteady political climate. There has never been a more critical time to support communities in the north to build peace.
NRT’s dedicated peace team works with conservancy management, local elders, warrior and youth representatives to broker peace deals and promote non-violent conflict resolution. The team bring together conflicting factions, facilitate constructive dialogue sessions, promote peaceful co-existence and encourage self-generated solutions to local grievances, all while maintaining strict political, ethnic and religious neutrality.
peace meetings facilitated by NRT in 2017