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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 […]

LGT Venture Philanthropy partners with KWCA to help scale the conservancy model across Kenya and beyond

Nairobi, Kenya, July …, 2021 – LGT Venture Philanthropy Foundation (LGT VP) announces its new engagement with Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA). LGT VP’s core funding and strategic support enable KWCA to expand and improve its operations, financial strategy and monitoring & evaluation.   KWCA serves as the national membership organisation and representative body for […]

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 […]

‘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. […]

Policy Update: KWCA Submissions on the Review of the Wildlife Act 2013

KWCA in partnership with eight regional associations; Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association (MMWCA), Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), Amboseli Ecosystem Trust (AET), Taita Taveta Wildlife Conservancies Association (TTWCA), Athi Kapiti Wildlife Conservancies Association (AKWCA), Rift Lakes Conservancies Association (RCLA), Baringo County Conservancies Association (BCCA) and Laikipia Conservancies Association (LCA) held consultative meetings with conservancy landowners and […]

KWCA wins RISE Challenge Award

KWCA is among four winners of the second round of the USAID Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GenDev) Resilient, Inclusive & Sustainable Environments (RISE) Challenge Award designed to support organisations address Gender Based Violence (GBV) in environmental programming.   The RISE Challenge aims to: Spur greater awareness of the intersection between environmental degradation […]

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 […]

Kenya Wildlife Research Training Institute operationalised, conservancies represented in the board

Photo: Courtesy MoTW The Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife Hon. Najib Balala, has officially established the Wildlife Research and Training Institute  (WRSTI) Gazette Notice No. 4862 published on 17th July, 2020, in compliance with section 53(1) ((f) (ii) of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act 2013 which guides on the legal framework of […]

Conservancies set to benefit through the Magical Kenya signature experience

Photo Courtesy: Basecamp Explorer   The Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) and KWCA have partnered to market and promote Kenya’s conservancies as a niche tourist destination at national, regional and international levels through the Magical Kenya Signature Experience (MKSE) program. The program aims to promote a compilation of unique, authentic and exceptional Kenyan traveller experiences aligned […]

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 […]

#WildAboutLife campaign enhances youth knowledge on conservancies

KWCA in collaboration with Uvumbuzi Africa and the Kenya Wildlife Trust (KWT), partnered with Light Art Club on a social media campaign dubbed #WildAboutLife to enhance knowledge on wildlife conservation in national parks and conservancies and promote domestic tourism among the youth.   The campaign was launched on 3rd March to commemorate World Wildlife Day […]

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 […]