OUR IMPACT

Since 2013, we have turned donor funding into life-changing programs around the country.

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:

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    Offered support to the Kenya Wildlife Service in the development of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act 2013 as well as the Protected Areas Management Plans for National Parks, Reserves and Conservancies.

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    Been involved in the formulation process of the National Wildlife Conservation and Management Strategy 2017 as a steering committee member selected by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.

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    Spearheaded the inclusion of 17 policy objectives for conservancies during the development of the Draft Wildlife Policy 2017.

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    Advocated for a Community-based Natural Resources Management desk at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources to harmonize sectorial policies affecting water, land, forests and marine sectors in Kenya and to develop a national CBNRM Strategy—this was possible thanks to KWCA’s partnership with African Conservation Centre (ACC) and WWF Kenya.

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    Been part at the heart of pushing for the securing of land tenure rights for conservancies by advocating for the passing of the Community Land Act 2016, which provided for the recognition, protection and registration of community ownership of land. This also addressed the issue of illegally acquired trust lands.

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.