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LaikipiaCounty is renowned for its excep-
tionally high quality beef. This is heavily
attributed to the many pastoralist commu-
nities and resident rancherswho rear cattle
for local and international markets. Live-
stock farming has been a part of Laikipia’s
economicmake up for decades and as a re-
sult, a large number of Laikipians depend
on the activity directly or indirectly.
LWF’s 24th AGM, that was held on 10th
October, focused on Rangelands Manage-
ment and Peace and Security; two issues
greatly affecting the Laikipian landscape
and Laikipians. The themes came to life
through a presentation fromLWF’sRange-
lands Team, who emphasised that grass is
essential for the promotion of peace and
a key factor in reducing conflict between
communities.
Pastoralists and commercial ranchers need
to be placed at the heart of restoring
the
andscape.AsLWF’sRangelands team, it is
important to meet the people and develop
their capacity tomanage their own resourc-
es. It is their ownership recognition that
leads to sustainable success” said Josephat
Musyima ,LWF’sDirector of Programmes.
The presentation from the team also
coveredHolisticManagement (HM), an
area that LWF has focused on for the past
7 years. HM involves caring for grass, the
leaves above and roots below and,practic-
inggood herding bymanaging livestock to
rehabilitate degraded land.
LWF’sstrategicplanning
receives funding
LWF has received USD 500, 000 fromUSAID and the Embassy of the
Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) to develop a 5 year strategic plan
aimed at defining a clear direction for the Forum for the next 5 years,
as well as to strengthen its membership.The funding will also be used
forprogrammes development, support reform for conservation effortsto
matchpresent and futureneeds aswell as ensuring thatmembershave in-
teractiveplatforms toparticipate in thedevelopment of the forum
Voice of the
membership
What is your takeon the antic-
ipatedElNino as apastoralist
and the availabilityof grass as a
sourceof peace?
Gathiuru community
forest associatio
n
With4, 000members andgrow-
ing,GathiuruCFAworks closely
with theKenyaForest Service
(KFS) to conserve andprotect
14, 985hectares of forest
Women empowerment
through conservation
InFebruary this year, 300wom-
en, reformed charcoal burners,
came together to formNaramat
EvironmentalCBO
A forest board recom-
mits toMukugodo
All entry to theForest should
be respected, andpayment for
access is expected.
AGM review
Over 170LWFmembers
attended theForum’sAGM, in-
cludingLaikipia’sCountyExec-
utiveOfficer forTourism– Jane
Putunoi andDeputyGovernor
andMember of LWF–Gitonga
Kabugi
PeterHetz, LWF’sExecutiveDirector,
addressesmembers during the 2015
AGM
Traditional dancers entertainguests at
Gathiuru forest.
Grass ispeace
November 2015 - IssueNo. 2
Womencommunitymembers learningaboutbunchedherdingasawayor reducing
overgrazing
inThis Edition
Pastoralists
and ranchers in Laikipia
haveasignificant role in landscape res-
toration and this can be done through
proper herding which, in itself, is a
sustainable rehabilitation solution.
“Rehabilitation of land
and respect for grass re-
mains a critical focus.
This is the only way to
deal with conflicts over
natural resources”.
says
Ewan Lesowopir, Rangelands
team
.
LWF’s focus on HM began af-
ter receiving support fromUSAID and
from the Embassy of the Kingdom of
Netherlands (EKN) with the idea of
supporting communities to develop
andmanage their own natural resourc-
es. As a result, many communities
have adopted the approach with a
recorded increase of women now
involved in the practice
.
However, like in any other Natural
Resource Management, HM has
met various challenges brought
on by uncontrolled factors such as
drought, poor governance, illitera-
cy levels,
poverty and insecurity. The statis-
tics from a baseline study conduct-
ed 5 years ago by LWF and a fol-
low up survey conducted just over
2 years ago, also found that there
were emerging problems like live-
stock diseaseswhich increased as a
result from interactionwithneigh-
bouring livestock.
The success of HM is greatly de-
pendant on the residents of Laikip-
ia because they provide import-
ant solutions for challenges being
faced.When suitablegrazingmeth-
ods are practiced, there isminimal
animal impact on land, increased
grazing for livestock, total grass re-
covery and provides ample time to
plan forgrazingduringdryandwet
seasons.
LWF continues to increase aware-
ness and enhance the effective-
ness and efficiency of the Holistic
Management programme through
trainings of community HM re-
sponse teams and chief barazas.
USD 250,000Total amount
USAIDhas given toward
strategicplanning
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