Through our policy advocacy, networking and capacity building programs we’ve been able to develop a robust national wildlife conservancy movement that works with communities and landowners spread across 12 landscape-based regional wildlife conservancies associations, representing 155 community conservancies in 27 counties in Kenya.
CREATING AN ENABLING ENVIRONMENT FOR CONSERVANCIES TO THRIVE
KWCA has been heavily involved in advocating for conservancies to be recognized under the law and the promotion of wildlife conservation by communities. Towards this end, we have:
BUILDING A CONSERVANCY MOVEMENT
We have built an impressive network through a very participative approach with the communities and landowners involved in wildlife conservation, which in turn has led to improved coordination and communication structures that links them to the national and county governments.
KWCA currently boasts of a full membership of 116 conservancies, occupying a total of approximately 6.46 million hectares of wildlife conservancy land.
Another estimated 830,000 community members are benefiting directly from the conservancy operations.
Our engagement with national institutions and our 12 regional associations has led to our recognition as a leading and trusted voice for conservancies in the country and a reliable source of information to wildlife conservancies in Kenya.
EMPOWERING CONSERVANCIES TO DELIVER EXEMPLARY SERVICE
It is imperative for conservancies to maintain and uphold quality standards and carry out best practices. We are very intentional in achieving these standards by ensuring that we involve all stakeholders in the industry through:
- Our key conservancy forums, such as the National Conservancy Leaders’ Forum and the National Conservancy Rangers Forum.
- Conservancy tools, such as:
- A Conservancy Establishment Guide
- Standard Operating procedures for Wildlife Scouts/Rangers
- Conservancy Managers Handbook: A guide to leadership and management of conservancies
- Community Land Act Factsheet
- A toolkit on Conservancy Management Plans
The KWCA National Conservancy Leaders’ Forum
Held annually, the KWCA National Conservancy Leaders’ Forum brings together all the chairpersons of private, community and group conservancies in the country.
The aim is to deliberate on affairs of the conservancies which has provided a very effective platform to address the challenges facing conservancies in Kenya.
The National Conservancy Rangers Forum
This forum provides a brilliant platform for conservancy rangers to deliberate on issues affecting them. It commemorates World Rangers Day and promotes standards and operating procedures for wildlife scouts.
Through this forum, KWCA has provided training targeted at increasing the capacity of rangers in work performance.