SOCIAL, ECONOMICAL AND POLITICAL IMPACT AT A NATIONAL SCALE
BECOMING A LEADING CONSERVANCY VOICE:KWCA has grown to become a leader in the conservancy sector in Kenya, recognised as the voice of wildlife conservancies in the country. KWCA currently has membership in the KWS Board, is a member of the National Wildlife Strategy Steering Committee and an accredited member of the CITES Rural Community Working Group.
CREATING AN ENABLING ENVIRONMENT:KWCA has been at the forefront in ensuring conservancies are recognised and protected by the law, entrenching conservancies in the national policy framework, including the Wildlife Act 2013, Wildlife Policy 2017 (draft), Wildlife Regulations 2016 (Draft) and Community Land Act 2016. KWCA has also led efforts to catalyse community input into the ongoing development of the National Wildlife Conservation Strategy to strengthen the growth of conservancies.
FACILITATING CONSERVANCY NETWORKING: KWCA has consistently seeked to encourage and faciliate networking among conservancy stakeholders in the country to share insights and best practices. To this end, KWCA has launched a number of forums, such as the Conservancies Annual General Meeting, the Conservancy Managers’ Conference and the National Rangers Meeting as well as organised a series of regional conservation workshops.
EQUIPPING CONSERVANCY STAKEHOLDERS: KWCA has produced a series of conservation tools to support conservancy growth and harmonise management of conservancies. This include the Conservancy Establishment Guide, the Conservancy Managers’ Handbook, the Community Scouts Standard Operating Procedures, and most recently, the biennial Conservancies Status Report.
BUILDING A NATIONAL MOVEMENT: KWCA currently boasts of a full membership of more than 100 conservancies, occupying a total of approximately 6.46 million hectares of wildlife conservancy land in the country. Though our membership we are able to directly impact an estimate of over 700,000 conservancy households in the country.