As the national land owner- led membership organization representing community and private conservancies in Kenya, KWCA works through the four stages of the policy process (formulation, approval, implementation and oversight) to break down the policy and institutional barriers inhibiting Kenya’s conservancies and at the same time create an enabling environment for conservancies to deliver environmental and livelihood benefits.
The program aims to:
- Strengthen policies and regulations for recognizing land and natural resources rights of community conservancies such as
- participating in the Community Land Bill to advocate for provisions that support effective community institutions and secure land rights for the benefit of communities.
- Strengthening land use management on conservancy lands through the Land Use Policy and Community Area Planning Framework
- Strengthen the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act 2013 regulations to facilitate implementation by
- Participating in the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) steering committee to develop the regulations. KWCA is at the forefront of developing six key regulations that are of interest to conservancies due to their high impact on their management and development. This includes: - Conservancy regulations, Incentives, Access and Benefit Sharing regulations, Compensation regulations, Community Participation regulations, Licensing and Wildlife User rights regulations and Endowment Fund regulations.
- Including women and youth for more equitable distribution of conservancy benefits and effectively participate in land governance.
- Promoting resilience to climate change and external shocks in conservancies.