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Magical Kenya Tourism and Travel Health and Safety Protocols For the New Normal

The Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife  launched the Tourism and Travel Health and Safety Protocols on 1st July 2020 to provide guidance for the tourism sector's proper reopening once it is safe to do so.

KWCA participated in the drafting  of the protocols as a member of the National Tourism and Hospitality Protocols Taskforce to provide conservancy related guidelines.  The protocols go along way in building confidence of the market in kenya's tourism brand.

The protocols have been endorsed by the World Tourism and Travel Council and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation



Baringo County Conservancies Profile 2020

The Baringo County Conservancies Profile Report demonstrates the current status of community conservancies in Baringo and highlights significant gaps and opportunities to develop the conservancy movement through which ecosystems services will be enhanced and local livelihoods supported.


KWCA Strategic Plan 2019-2023

In our first phase ( 2015-2018), we demonstrated the importance of growing as a network,  providing a united voice and raising the national and international profile of conservancies in Kenya’s wildlife industry. We were able to establish the first national state of conservancies report including Kenya’s conservancies map.  In our second journey (2019-2023), we realise more is expected from us this time round.

While our ultimate goal remains the same – to help wildlife conservancies in Kenya thrive – our approach and our role in doing that has shifted. Most critically is that KWCA sees our role as that of a ‘catalyst’ in the conservancy movement, helping to create an enabling environment that will allow conservancies and those working with them grow stronger and more effective

From the plan you’ll learn more about our ambitious goals


National Wildlife Conservation Status Report

The National Wildlife Conservation Status Report gives the status of all National Parks and Reserves; Conservancies and Sanctuaries; community wildlife scouts in Conservancies; Management Plans; all listed species in Schedule 6 and 7 and their recovery status. Focus is given to the conservation status of endangered listed species, their habitats and factors that influence their population trends.

The  Wildlife Conservation and Management Act (WCMA, 2013) Part Vi- Conservation, Protection And Management, section 49 (4) requires the Cabinet Secretary to report biannually to the National Assembly through the National Wildlife Conservation Status Report the status of the efforts to develop and implement recovery plans for all nationally listed species and the status of all species for which such plans have been developed.

Section 87 sub section (b) of the WCMA, 2013 states; “The Service shall maintain registers of- National Parks, National Reserves, Wildlife Conservancies and Sanctuaries established under this Act and management thereof”. In section (c) it notes that; “The Service shall maintain registers of all community scouts involved in the Conservation and management of wildlife”. In section (d) it notes- “The Service will maintain registers of- all management plans developed pursuant to the provisions of this Act”.


When Good Conservation becomes Good Economics: Kenya’s Vanishing Herds

World Bank has published a report, When Good Conservation becomes Good Economics: Kenya’s Vanishing Herds. The report determines the contribution of wildlife in the economy mainly through tourism; investigates the primary factors driving the rapid decline in wildlife and recommends win-win policies that simultaneously deliver on development and conservation. In addition, it closely examines the role of wildlife conservancies and recommends ways of leveraging these to address the issue of declining wildlife while generating economic activity.




Community Wildlife Conservation Committee (CWCC)

The Cabinet Secretary Tourism and Wildlife Hon. Najib Balala has appointed members of the Community Wildlife Conservation Committees (CWCC) in all 47 counties as per gazette notice Vol. No CXX- No.105. 

The Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act No. 18 of 2018, introduced CWCC as an amendment to the County Wildlife Conservation and Compensation Committee (CWCCC)


4th Annual Conservancy Leaders Report 2019

On 27th and 28th March 2019 KWCA held its 4th Annual Conservancy Leaders Conference at Multimedia University Conference Centre Nairobi. The conference attended by 121 community and private conservancies leaders from 27 Counties was officially opened by Dr John Waithaka, Chairperson KWS Board of Trustees.

The conference involved engaging presentations by KWCA members and partners, panel discussions during the plenary sessions, as well as thought-provoking group sessions on salient conservancy development issues.

Under the theme ‘Delivering Innovative and Inclusive Solutions for People and Wildlife’, the participants at the conference deliberated on the following;

1. KWCA’s Progress since its inception;

2. KWS role in the establishment and management of conservancies and as a strategic and supportive partner of KWCA;

3. New Laws and policies that impact on conservancies;

4. Achievements and current challenges in the governance and management of conservancies;

5. KWCA’s value to regions and conservancies through a SWOT analysis provided by conservancy representatives to feed into KWCA’s next strategic plan.

The full report is accessible on the link below.

4th Annual KWCA Conservancy Leaders 2019 Report


KWCA Gender Strategy

KWCA’s commitment to gender integration is designed in an incremental and phased manner cognisant of the cultural, conservation and biodiversity dynamics. As such it is outlined work towards institutionalising gender mainstreaming in all KWCA’s organisational arrangement, governance and operational processes.

This gender strategy articulates and institutionalises gender mainstreaming within KWCA its Regional Associations and conservancy members.

The strategy anchored on three mutually reinforcing and interconnected objectives that address gender issues identified within conservancies. These are:

  1. To enhance KWCA’s capacity for gender mainstreaming in its programs and activities
  2. To promote women’s representation and participation in conservancy governance and management
  3. To strengthen equitable access to conservation economic benefits (both assets and incomes).

Factsheet- Recent Amendments to the Wildlife Act 2013

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;

  1. Institutional structures & functions changes;
  2. New offences and penalties on wildlife crimes

National Wildlife Strategy 2030

The National Wildlife Strategy 2030 is a roadmap for transforming wildlife conservation in Kenya. It is aligned to Kenya's Vision 2030 and the Government's Big Four Agenda. It identifies a clear set of five (5) year priority goals and strategies around four key pillars: Resilient Ecosystems; Engagement by all Kenyans, Evidence Based Decision Making and Sustainability and Governance. In Addition to these targets, the strategy establishes an implementation framework to enhance communication, coordination and collaboration to inspire engagement and participation, and catalyse conservation actions with all stakeholders.