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Championing Conservancies to take the lead in ending Gender-Based Violence

Championing Conservancies to take the lead in ending Gender-Based Violence   Achieving gender equality and ending gender-based violence is a goal many organisations strive for across Kenya. There have been countless programs in the education, health, business and government sectors to promote gender equality as a critical tool towards attaining Sustainable Development.   In the […]

Consultancy Opportunity: End of Project Evaluation

INTRODUCTION All GEF SGP financed projects are required to undergo an end-of-project evaluation upon completion of implementation. Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA) a national umbrella body for community and private conservancies in Kenya, and Baringo County Conservancies Association (BCCA) the umbrella body for conservancies in Baringo county are jointly seeking to engage a consultant to […]

Consultancy Opportunity: Recruitment Services

Background The Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA) is a national landowner led membership organisation, established in 2013 to serve the collective interests of over 160 community and private conservancies. KWCA works to create an enabling environment for conservancies to thrive by advocating for the right policies, laws and incentives and supporting them through information sharing, […]

Consultancy Opportunity: Awareness Creation on Climate Change and Adoption of Tsavo and Amboseli Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies and Action Plans

  Introduction Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA) has partnered with WWF-Kenya to implement a project on “Protection of key ecosystems, increased resilience and adaptation for their sustainable use by local communities”.  The project beneficiaries are select community conservancies within the Kenya’s southern rangelands of Tsavo, Amboseli and Maasai Mara landscapes.   KWCA, being the national umbrella […]

The Role of Conservancies in Curbing Desertification and Drought

By Dickson Kaelo CEO, Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association   June 17th is the World Day to combat desertification and drought. It was declared  in December 1994, by the United Nations General Assembly,  to give an opportunity to highlight the urgent need to curb the spread of deserts and ravaging droughts, both serious environmental threats in […]

Consultancy Opportunity: Development of a Practical guide to integrate gender in conservancies

TERMS OF REFERENCE   DEVELOPMENT OF A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO INTEGRATE GENDER IN CONSERVANCIES     Introduction   Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA) is the national representative body and voice for community and private wildlife conservancies in Kenya. As an umbrella body, KWCA role is to help catalyse the conservancy movement by connecting, informing, convening […]

Consultancy Opportunity: Development of Amboseli Ecosystem Trust Fundraising Strategy

Background Amboseli Ecosystem Trust (AET) brings together the communities and organisations of Amboseli to develop land use practices that improve the livelihoods and wellbeing through the coexistence of people and wildlife. This is in an effort to keep the Amboseli Ecosystem rangelands open, diverse and healthy for the benefit of people and wildlife. AET intends […]

‘The future of conservation lies in community conservancies’

Kenya’s community conservation has grown over the past two decades with remarkable success thanks to the role of local communities in conservation and the support by Kenya government through the Kenya Wildlife Service In its February-March issue,  Msafiri magazine dedicated a special feature on community conservation with interviews from Director General Kenya Wildlife Service Brig. […]

KWCA and Kenya Tourism Board enter into a partnership agreement to promote Tourism in Conservancies. 

KWCA and the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate in marketing and supporting wildlife conservancies as part of the tourism product diversification strategy in re-engineering safari experiences. The MOU signed on 3rd December 2020 provides a structure in which the two organisations will promote Kenya’s wildlife conservancies as […]

OPED: Invest more in complementary conservation

This opinion article co-authored by Dickson Kaelo CEO KWCA and Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) CEO Tom Lalampaa was first published by the Daily Nation on June 5th 2020.   Here’s a quiz for World Environment Day today: Where in Kenya do most people earn their daily bread from tourism while still living in their home […]

Conservation Stewardship: Communities Securing Biodiversity in Lake Bogoria Landscape

The conservancy model approach is not only securing biodiversity in Baringo County, but its also improving community’s governance structures and enhancing livelihoods       Adjacent the World’s largest congregations of lesser flamingos on  Lake Bogoria National Reserve, Baringo County, in Kapkuikui location, lies Irong community conservancy, a communally owned conservancy inhabited by the indigenous Endorois […]

Commentary: From crisis to solutions for communities and African conservation

This commentary was first published by Mongabay on 20th May 2020. It is co-authored by Dickson Kaelo-CEO of the Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association, Daniel Sopia- CEO of the Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association, Damian Bell -Executive Director of Honeyguide, based in Tanzania, Richard Diggle-Business and CBNRM Specialist with WWF in Namibia and Fred Nelson -CEO […]

Intersection between wildlife conservation and COVID-19:

As the world grapples with unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot has been written by conservationists and journalists on the linkage between wildlife conservation and the Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Want to learn more? Here’s a roundup on the intersection of wildlife conservation and COVID-19:   COVID-19: Let us put emphasis on risk […]

STRATEGIC PLAN DEVELOPMENT FOR BARINGO COUNTY CONSERVANCIES ASSOCIATION

TERMS OF REFERENCE   1.     Introduction The Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA) is a national landowner led membership organisation, established in 2013 to serve the interests and collective voice of over 160 community and private conservancies.  KWCA works to create an enabling environment for conservancies to thrive by advocating for the right policies, laws and […]

KWCA recognised as a best practise in community engagement

We are excited to be recognised by African People & Wildlife and National Geographic Society as a best practice in community engagement in their new publication Community, Conservation and Collaboration: A framework for Success. The groundbreaking publication provides lessons, strategies, and best practices from the vast network of conservation and development organisations working closely with communities to address both natural resource management and community […]

Association of Wildlife Conservancy Rangers in Kenya Joins the International Ranger Federation (IRF)

Great news for Kenya conservancy rangers. The Association of Wildlife Conservancy Rangers in Kenya is officially a regular member of International Ranger Federation (IRF) KWCA an associate member of IRF, together with representatives of over 3,000 conservancy rangers, initiated the registration process of the association in 2017. The association which is the central voice for community and private […]

CITES recognises communities as active stakeholders in wildlife conservation

KWCA’s role as an official observer representing communities at the CITES CoP 18 conference, had its status elevated by the Kenyan government to make proposals on the importance of consultation and engagement of communities in CITES processes. Among KWCA’s interventions which were recognised and adapted include; development of a CITES framework that mandates governments to […]

Policy Update: New Amendments Wildlife act 2013

Following KWCA’s petition on  The Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2018, (Wildlife Act 2018 Section) submitted  on 11th May 2018, to the National Assembly through the chairperson of the Environment and Natural Resources Departmental Committee, several amendments were made including establishment of  the Wildlife Conservation Trust Fund, which will be a public-private fund to support conservation in both […]

A look at our 2017 Key Successes

We welcome 2018 with utmost anticipation, having made big progress in 2017. Our biggest impact in the recent past has been the momentum gained by communities to participate in wildlife conservation and the resolute nature of the commitment we see with different stakeholders involved. Despite the challenges of water and pasture scarcity in most pastoral […]