Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA) is a landowner-led national membership organization representing community and private conservancies in Kenya. KWCA works with conservancy landowners and regional associations to create an enabling environment for conservancies to deliver environmental and livelihood benefits.
Our mission is to be the forum where landowners have a unified voice, share experiences and actively participate in protecting and benefiting from wildlife. KWCA works towards a future where wildlife and communities benefit from a network of functional conservancies that complement state protected areas.
KWCA is setting out to change how Kenya’s wildlife and wild places are managed as well as strengthen people’s rights to manage and benefit from nature.
A Bottom-Up Approach to Wildlife Conservation
The conservancy movement is on it growth scale and the demand to have it properly structured and governed has been on the rise in the past recent years. This led to stakeholders initiating consultations to design a framework process for the development of a national association for wildlife conservation in February 2012.
A National meeting with representatives of landowners in all wildlife regions in Kenya, government as well as partners in conservation led to the deliberation of conducting countywide regional meetings in 5 regions including Laikipia/ the Northern Rangelands; the Coast; Nakuru/ Maasai Mara; Amboseli and, the North Rift/Western regions to create awareness and lobby for the establishment of the National Association.
Additionally, a focus group meeting was held with NGOs and Private sector players followed by a National meeting in December, 2012 which resolved that a national association be formed by the name Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association. An interim board with representation from the regions was elected to steer the formation of the Association with support from partners.
KWCA was registered in April 2013 following one year of consultation with over 600 conservancy representatives in regional meetings across the country and a national consultative meeting.
KWCA strategy is to with partners. Our key partners:
- Kenya Wildlife Service
- The Nature Conservancy
- Africa Wildlife Foundation
- World Wide Fund
- Kenya Wildlife Trust
- INTASAVE Africa
Landowners and communities hosting wildlife on their land derive little or no benefits from wildlife tourism. The burgeoning cost of hosting the wildlife is a burden and wildlife often seen as a nuisance to be fenced off, killed or merely tolerated. Threat to life, property loss and the high cost of living with wildlife weighs heavily on people living adjacent protected areas.
Those that voluntarily adopt wildlife conservation receive little government support and solely absorb conservation costs. Although tourism generates huge income, low indicators of human well-being characterize communities residing in wildlife areas.
- To create an enabling environment for landowners participation in wildlife governance in Kenya
- To work with like-minded partners to create a network of functional conservancies across key biodiversity areas
- To provide a unified voice and facilitate harmonized standards of best practices among private and community conservancies
- To provide a platform for sharing information, ideas and experiences
- To lobby for incentives for persons practising wildlife conservation as a land use option.
KWCA is managed by a 12 member board nominated through an election process from 8 conservation regions of Kenya. The board works with an advisory team of Kenya’s leading conservation organization and partners with KWS. The operations of the organization are managed by a secretariat based in Nairobi. KWCA deliver its programs through regional associations in all the 8 conservation areas in Kenya.
To work with landowners and communities to sustainably conserve and manage wildlife and their habitat outside formal protected areas for the benefit of the people of Kenya.
A Kenya in which people and wildlife coexist in mutual benefit.