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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 […]

KWCA launches the National State of Wildlife Conservancies Report 2016

“The success of KWCA is in its cooperation with other regional wildlife conservancies associations and the coordination of conservancies to achieve meaningful impact.”   This is what Francis Nkoitoi, the chairperson of Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Council said on behalf of community landowners at the launch of the first national State of Wildlife Conservancies Report […]

Conservancies Given Prominence in Kenya’s New Wildlife Policy

Pauline Lolgogine Chairperson of Sera Wildlife Conservancy contributing to the Wildlife Policy during KWCA national Conservancy Leaders Forum in Nairobi.     Kenya’s 40 year old policy; Sessional Paper No.3 of 1975 titled “A Statement on Future Wildlife Management Policy in Kenya” recognized community participation in wildlife conservation and management but failed to provide an […]

Key Findings of the Ranger’s Perception Africa Survey

During the Conservancies Rangers Review meeting held on 30 August, Drew Mc Avery from WWF- Kenya presented the findings of a Ranger’s Perception Africa Survey. The survey was conducted in 65 sites in 12 African countries, namely Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. […]

Conservancy Rangers Review KWS LEA Paramilitary Training Curriculum

On 30 August, 35 conservancy managers and head rangers drawn from Mara, South Rift, Taita, Amboseli, Rift-lakes, Laikipia and Northern regions attended the Conservancies Rangers Review meeting. The meeting organized by KWS in partnership with KWCA was mainly geared towards soliciting feedback from the conservancy rangers and managers on the quality and improvements that can […]

Securing Wildlife Corridors and Dispersal Areas Report Launched

Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Prof Judy Wakhungu launched the Wildlife Corridors and Dispersal Areas Report on Wednesday 16 August. The report, which is part of Kenya’s Vision 2030 flagship project, recognizes wildlife conservation as an important pillar in the socio-economic development of the country. “Kenya has dramatically lost 68% of its wildlife posing […]

More Resources Needed to Support Training of Conservancy Rangers

The Taita Taveta County Commissioner Josephine Onunga has called on more resources to be pumped into boosting conservation efforts. Speaking during the  Kenya Wildlife Service Law Enforcement Academy graduation ceremony on 13 June in Manyani, Taita Taveta,  Onunga noted that while more rangers had been trained over the years, there was still need to better equip […]

Limiting National Parks Compensation Claims Will Derail Conservation Efforts

The recent proposal by the Parliamentary Committee on Environment and Natural Resources to limit compensation claims on wildlife injuries and death to Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) managed parks, if enacted, would jeopardize wildlife conservation efforts in the country. The purpose of compensation as provided in the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act 2013 is to offset […]

Kenya’s Tourism Marketing Strategy should focus on Promoting Diverse Tourism Products

According to the Economic Survey 2017, Kenya earned KSh100 billion from 1.3 million tourists who visited the country in 2016. The country has potential to grow these numbers for both international and domestic tourism if the national tourism market strategy is re-designed to focus on individual county brands. KWCA CEO Dickson Kaelo shares his opinions […]

Report: Second Biennual National Conservancy Managers Policy Workshop

KWCA held its second biennial conservancy leaders conference on 27th-28th February at CORAT Africa under the theme Effective leadership and Policies for Conservancies in Kenya. The conference, which brought together 105 conservancy managers from KWCA conservancy members across KWCA 12 regional associations, provided a resourceful platform for conservancy managers to learn, share and network. The conference […]

KWCA Publishes the Kenya National Wildlife Conservancies Map 2016

KWCA has published the first ever complete map of community, group and private conservancies in Kenya. The National Wildlife Conservancies Map 2016 enlists 119 conservancies, of the total 160 conservancies in Kenya. The spatial extent of some 40 conservancies could not be ascertained either because they are still being negotiated or mapping has not been […]

OP-ED: Conservancies not source of raging conflict in Laikipia

  KWCA CEO, Dickson Kaelo shares his thoughts on the recent invasions of conservancies in Laikipia. He explains how conservancies have helped resolve inter ethnic conflict between pastoralists communities in the Northern Region and how livelihoods have been enhanced through enterprise development in the Mara and Laikipia regions. 

We Now have the Right of Ownership to our Communal Land

Kipkemei is jubilant that the Community Land Act is now been legislated. He is among the many community members who have lived on trust land and knows the fears associated with being a squatter in a land that belongs to your community. “I am glad we will now have the right of ownership to our […]

Conservancies’ role in wildlife Protection

The Stories of land owners and communities as conservation agents hasn’t received the attention it deserves. By establishing conservancies, communities play an important role in protecting Kenya’s Iconic Wildlife.”  KWCA CEO, Dickson Ole Kaelo  writes more on this OpEd Published by the Standard Newspaper.   Read more:  

Conservancies Feted for Promoting Sustainable Tourism

The 11th edition of the Eco-Warrior Awards was held on Friday 14 October at the Radisson Blue Hotel in Upper Hill, Nairobi under the theme: Sustainable Tourism Our Diversity Our Strength. KWCA conservancy member Ol Lentille Conservancy from Laikipia emerged the winner of the Eco-Tourism Community Conservancy of the year award followed by Ol Kinyei […]

Community Land Act: A Win for Community Conservancies

Community conservancies have a reason to celebrate. After years of public consultations and negotiations with government to promote community interests and rights, the Community Land Act was finally enacted on 31 August 2016. The new law gives community landowners powers and rights to govern, manage, and make key decisions about the use of community lands. […]

KWCA Partners with IUCN to Pilot a Holistic Approach for Strengthening Community Engagement in Tacking Illegal Wildlife Trade in Kenya.

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in partnership with KWCA is implementing a pilot project using a theory of change approach to strengthen local community engagement in combating Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT). The project is using a situation tool developed by IIED to focus on 4 pathways which include; Strengthening disincentives for illegal behavior, […]

Peer Learning to strengthen KWCA Leadership Role in Community Based Conservation

On 17th-20th August 2016, KWCA joined other pan African community based apex organizations from Kenya, Namibia and Tanzania for a four days’ action learning workshop to strengthen organizational leadership in the region’s conservation and natural resources field. Weak governance structures, lack of prioritization and ineffective use of human and financial resources continues to hamper conservation […]

A bright Future for Conservancies in Baringo

Conservancies development in Baringo is at its peak. With more and more land owners having realized the benefits of wildlife from other regions, they are securing their communally owned lands that previously derived minimal benefits to wildlife conservation. The conservancies characterized with great opportunities including unique tourism attractions e.g. hills, archaeological sites, gorges, potential enterprises […]

KWCA publishes a Guide on Establishing a Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya

The Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association has published a guide dubbed Establishing a wildlife conservancy in Kenya for private land owners and communities.  The guide aims at promoting the expansion of land under conservation and increasing land owner’s participation in wildlife management in Kenya. It outlines the processes, policies and resources required to establish and manage […]