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Conservancies receive historic Government support

On 23rd May 2020, His Excellency the President Uhuru Kenyatta unveiled a Khs 53.7 Billion eight point economic stimulus package to alleviate the effects of coronavirus pandemic on the economy. The tourism and wildlife sector received a total of Kshs 5 Billion to provide soft loans for refurbishment of the tourism facilities through the Tourism Finance Corporation (TFC),  Kshs 1 Billion for 5,500 wildlife scouts […]

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 […]

Local communities and indigenous people are vital in saving wildlife

KWCA CEO Dickson Kaelo in this article shares his insights on community conservation in Kenya and makes the case for investing in community led conservation approaches in Africa in the newly launched international website, the New Big 5 Dickson explains why the war on wildlife crime and wildlife loss will be won at the grassroots and […]

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 […]

Amidst COVID-19 situation, community conservation must continue

Globally, the tourism sector is among one of the economic sectors worse hit by the impacts of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. In Kenya, Tourism, Kenya’s second foreign exchange earner that contributes 9% of the Country’s GDP has temporarily collapsed. If this pandemic is not contained, Kenya risk losing more than $ 1.6 Billion income from […]

Kenya’s conservancy network response to COVID-19

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic is causing unprecedented health and economic challenges globally. In Kenya, the wildlife conservation sector is already experiencing a complete standstill of the tourism industry. The ability for community led conservation that is built around the global tourism industry is under threat. We are actively monitoring the situation and have […]

We are Hiring! Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Officer

Kenyan Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA) is the national membership representative body and the voice of conservancies in Kenya. Our role is to support and catalyse the conservancy movement by connecting, informing, convening and representing conservancies and other key stakeholders in a shared effort to make wildlife conservancies thrive in Kenya. KWCA seeks to recruit a […]

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 […]

Job Opportunity- National CBNRM Coordinator

Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) is a major strategy for enhancing conservation outcomes while also seeking to improve livelihoods. Communities are at the centre of natural resources management and governance. CBNRM encompasses natural resources. Natural resources—the resources people depend upon for their livelihoods—generally mean renewable natural resources, including water, forests, fisheries, rangeland, and wildlife. CBNRM […]

For conservancies to succeed, women inclusion in decision making and sharing of benefits should be given priority.

In many areas of sustainable development including land and natural resources governance, it is becoming increasingly well known that gender equality and equity is key to conservation effectiveness and sustainability. The Convention on Biological Diversity recognises the vital role women play in the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. It also affirms the need […]

Recent Amendments to the Wildlife Act 2013: Institutional Changes and Penalties

The Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act No. 18 of 2018, passed on 31st December 2018 and effective 4th January 2019 substantially amends the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act 2013, focusing on; Institutional structures & functions changes; New offences and penalties on wildlife crimes Institutional Changes 1. Kenya Wildlife Service Sec 6 (1)– now identified as […]

KWCA Position on Natural Resources (Benefit Sharing Bill), 2018

  KWCA this morning submitted the  Natural Resources (Benefit Sharing) Bill, 2018  memorandum to members of the Senate Standing Committee on Land, Environment and Natural Resources on 27th February 2019. KWCA submitted the memorandum on behalf of its 160 community and private wildlife conservancies covering an area of 6.5million hectares (11% of Kenya’s Landmass) and collectively representing […]

Thank you for your partnership in 2018

Dear Partners and Friends,  As we wrap up 2018, one word seems to best describe the year; Partnerships. The long term success of wildlife conservancies in Kenya is dependent on partnerships and collaboration, this was a conclusion of our June Partnership Dialogue Forum we co-hosted with our partners. We met with only one agenda, to identify […]

Community Representatives Call on London Conference to Guarantee Equal Role in Tackling Illegal Wildlife Crime

Press Release 11 October 2018 Representatives from communities affected by the illegal wildlife trade are calling on governments meeting in London today to recognise local communities as equal partners in conserving wildlife, strengthen their rights to land and increase benefits from wildlife, and give local knowledge equal status in tackling the illegal wildlife trade. The […]

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