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Kenya’s New Vision on Tourism and Wildlife Conservation Unveiled

Kenya’s Tourism Blueprint 2030 and National Wildlife Strategy 2030 was launched on Tuesday by the Deputy President H.E William Ruto at a colourful ceremony held at the Kenya International Conference centre. The two strategies are aligned to Kenya’s Vision 2030 and the Government’s Big Four Agenda. Tourism and wildlife are closely connected and interlinked. The […]

Proposed Miscellaneous Wildlife Amendments To Weaken Community Conservation Efforts

KWCA has submitted a petition on the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2018, (Wildlife Act 2018 Section) to the National Assembly through the chairperson of the Environment and Natural Resources Departmental Committee. The petition aims to safeguard the inclusion of local communities in the governance of wildlife in Kenya, which will weaken communities involvement in […]

Petition Seeking VAT and Stamp Duty Exemption for Wildlife Conservancies

Following the call for submission of memoranda in the matter of consideration by the National Assembly of the Bill mentioned in the Tax Laws (Amendment)  Bill, National Assembly Bill No.11 of 2018  published in the Daily Nation Newspaper dated 23rd April 2018; The Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA) on behalf of wildlife conservancies in Kenya […]

Kenya Considers Sustainable Wildlife Utilization Options

The Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife established a task-force   on Wildlife Utilization (Sustainable Wildlife Utilization) to deliberate on sustainable wildlife mechanisms for wildlife utilization as provided under section 72 of the Wildlife conservation and management Act 2013.   Through the Gazette Notice No.3128, Vol CXX No. 41 dated 29th March 2018, KWCA policy […]

PS State Department of Wildlife establishes a Committee to Implement recommendations of the Wildlife Corridors and Dispersal Areas Report

KWCA CEO Mr. Dickson Kaelo has been appointed by the PS State Department of Wildlife Dr. Margaret Mwakima to represent conservancies in a committee to spearhead the implementation of the National Wildlife Migratory Corridors and Dispersal Areas Report. The report launched on 26th July 2017,  recommends the engagement of local communities, private landowners, national and […]

Cabinet Secretary Wildlife and Tourism Endorses Conservancies and Pledges Support

“Every acre of land added to conservation through conservancies is a win for wildlife and tourism. Conservancies should be seen as complimentary to KWS parks as it is the right way to create space for Wildlife and should never be seen to be in competition.” CS Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, Hon. Najib Balala   […]

KWCA Represents Communities at the CITES Rural Communities Working Group

On 26th February, parties, rural communities and conservation organizations drawn from 21 countries met at the UN Complex Nairobi to deliberate on a set of options to increase participation of rural communities in CITES decision making. The CITES rural communities working group was set up during the Conference of Parties (CoP)17 held in South Africa […]

KWCA Join International Rangers Federation (IRF) Family

We are glad to be part of the International Ranger’s Federation (IRF) family as an associate member. The International Ranger Federation (IRF) is a non-profit organisation established to raise awareness of and support the critical work that rangers do in conserving the world’s natural and cultural heritage. They aim at supporting the professional standards of rangers […]

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 […]

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