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Satellite image of rainfall distribu-
tion inLaikipia -October2015
According to satellite footage, the
effects of the expected heavy rains
will not result in the highly antic-
ipated floods experienced during
the 1997/1998 El Niño. Nonethe-
less,emergency plans are being put
inplace todealwith theaftereffects
of the rains set to begin inNovem-
ber through to January 2016.
Laikipians should also note that
rainfall will vary across theCounty
because of its vast landscape.
TheLaikipiaCountyGovernment
has formed an active planning
committee that includes various
stakeholders such as; Red Cross,
Kenya Meteorological Services,
Laikipia County Agricultural Sec-
tor for Development Support Pro-
gramme (ASDSP) and Ministry
of Public Health and Sanitation.
These organisations aim to ensure
that emergencies are adequately re-
sponded to, especially for locations
that have been classified as vulner-
able.
Weatherwarning
Article courtesy of National Disas-
terManagementAuthority (NDMA)
Though these heavy rains are not
being classified to fall under El
Niño, the effects will definitely
have human and socio- economic
impacts. Positive impact includes
farmers benefitting from increased
crop yield and a chance to harvest
water for storage.
Negative effects will include food
insecurity as crops get washed
away by the heavy rainfall and
displacement should residents lose
their homes. Outbreak of disease
for both humans and livestockis al-
most inevitable.
Areas likely toexperiencefloods in-
clude EwasoNarok wetland (Rum-
uruti toOldonyiro), Container area,
Thome,Mathira, Salamaward (up-
perpart ofMuruku),Manguo (Nya-
hururu), Matanya (along Equator),
Lamuria, Kinamba (Tandare and
Gatirima pans), NgareNg’iro,
Segera, Suguta, Nanyuki town (ar-
eas alongNanyuki river) and areas
alongLikii river
Healthandsafety
Safety during this season begins
with you! At a minimum, you
shouldmake arrangements to have
enough supply of clean food, prop-
er housing, good clean water stor-
age and a FirstAid kit.Always en-
sure proper sanitation around your
home to avoid diseases from con-
tamination of water sources by dirt
and debriswashed downstream.
In case of any emergencies,
please contact this helpline to
report:
CountyEmergencyOperationCenter
Nanyuki SocialHall
Emergencynumbers: 0722343000,
0721639146
Or
Countrywidepolicehotline inSafaricom
112 (freeof charge)
Weatherwatch
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For the past 17 years, most of
LWF’s activities have been sup-
ported by donors such as USAID
and EKN, as well as frommem-
bership fees.
This model is unsustainable, and
therefore, the strategic planning
process will also address sustain-
able funding together with con-
servation of natural resources,
wildlifemanagement and sustain-
able and effective ways of work-
ingwith governments; both at the
County and National level. The
strategic planning process begun
with the formation of a task force
that is headedbyLWF’s Executive
Director; PeterHetz.
Laikipia is amongst Kenya’s most
recognised counties for the con-
servationofnatural resources, and
LWF aims at playing a significant
role in conservation through its
membership.
8months
Timeline for strategicplan
LWF’s strategic planning process
will take 8 months with imple-
mentation taking place in several
stages.This will be carried out in
partnership withThe Nature Con-
servancy (TNC).
TNC is a membership organisa-
tion with over one millionmem-
bers and for 64 years has suc-
cessfully managedseveral marine
projects, protected riversaswell as
millions of acres of landglobally.
Stay tuned toFocusForum forup-
dates on this.
LWF’sstrategicplanning receives funding
T
he sayinggoes - “Whenyou em-
power awoman you empower the
whole community”.This is true in
the townofDolDolwherewomen
have taken the initiative to build
Manyattas with the intention of
promoting eco-tourism as an al-
ternative source of income.The
idea is to let traditional practices
shine while promoting sustain-
able conservation practices, in a
setting that allows tourists to ful-
ly immerse themselves into the
Maasal community.
Seeking alternative sources
of income
In February this year, 300 wom-
en, all reformed charcoal burners,
came together to form Naramat
Environmental CBO with the
help of their area Chief-Kaise
Maxwell. He insisted that creat-
ing significant change within the
community needed women to
spearhead the process, saying;“-
women in this community are the
sole bread winners, I knew if we
empower thewomenwewill em-
power the whole community and
individuals aswell.”
Traditional Maasai culture dic-
tates that there is little chance
of women inheriting or owning
entities that would allow them
to generate income. They focus
mainly on making beads; build-
ing manyattas for family use as
well as carry out basic homestead
chores. Men herd the livestock as
thewomengoout to look for food
toprovidemeals for their families.
The intensity of activities geared
to support families also increases
during dry seasons.
Before the introduction of alter-
native sources of income, such
as eco-tourism manyattas, the
women fromDolDol wouldmake
charcoal from timber harvested
fromMukogodo forest –Kenya’s
last remaining indigenous forest.
As a result of intervention ,com-
munities in the area now play an
active role in the protection of
Laikipia’sforest resource, as well
as gain knowledge in alternative
sources of income to support their
livelihood.
Womenempowerment throughconservation
Manattaused topromote eco -cul-
tural tourism
A forest board recommits toMukugodo
Members of theboard
Over the last months, the IlMamu-
si Community Forest Association
(CFA) has been working with the
assistance of its neighbours and
partners to rekindle commitment to
the conservation and management
ofMukugodoForest.
NRT, LWF, Borana Conservancy,
and theLewaWildlifeConservancy
have teamed together to support the
futureof theBoardand the futureof
theForest.
With these strong partnerships in
place, the Board is reviewing its
governance structure, getting
new commitments of participa-
tion from the four group ranch-
es/conservancies that embrace
Mukugodo - Il Ngwesi, Lekur-
ruki, Makurian and Kurikuri. In
addition, theBoard has called for
new staff recruitment to serve in
a CFA program team that is ded-
icated to forest conservation and
management.
Borana, NRT, Lewa andLWFwere
elected to Il Mamusi Board po-
sitions. Richard Karmushu is the
Chairman. Borana serves in the
Vice Chairman position, and Lewa
has been elected treasurer.
LWF and Lewa will be working
together in various fundraising ef-
forts for the Forest, whileNRTwill
support the capacity building of Il
Mamusi’sCFAand the surrounding
group ranches/conservancies. Pros-
pects of funding are good, and a
newmanagement plan to guide ac-
tivities and investments will begin
next year.
Speaking on behalf of NRT, Rich-
ard Kasoo - Regional Coordinator
for Laikipia and Meru Counties,
expressed his excitement about the
boards recommitment inMukogodo
emphasising the need for capacity
building, making sure that gover-
nance in general is strong and up
running.
NRT will also strive to promote
peace and where cases of conflict
arise try to find an amicable solu-
tion. The goal is to help the board
develop resilient community con-
servancies which transform peo-
ple’s lives, secure peace and con-
serve natural resources.
There is significant interest in gen-
erating new biodiversity lists for
the Mukogodo Forest. These lists
will eventuallyconstitutea resource
inventory for Il Mamusi, and serve
to guidemanagement planning and
zoning.
All entry to theForest shouldbe re-
spected, and payment for access is
expected. There is an IlMamusi of-
fice outside the Laragai Police Post
on the southern entry to the Forest
from theBoranaConservancy
Contact:
Samali Letai,
TheActingProject Coordinator for
the IlMamusi CFA -
LWFAGM
Review
O
ver 170 LWF members attended the Fo-
rum’s AGM, including Laikipia’s County
ExecutiveOfficer forTourism– JanePutunoi
andDeputyGovernor andMember of
LWF –GitongaKabugi.
LWF’sNewUnit directors
The key highlight for this year’s event was
the vetting of 4 new Unit Directors: Mike
Roberts (EasternUnit),Anne Powys (North-
ern Unit), John Horsey (Central Unit) and
RobertKimani (WesternUnit).
These 4 new unit directors have since been
confirmedandareaddressingpertinent issues
withmembers in their respective units.
Hon. Gitonga Kabugi recognised LWF’s
significant contribution to conservation ef-
forts inthe preservation of Laikipia’s natu-
ral resources and in addressing land use and
rangelandmanagement.
“Iwould like to sayhere today that
theCountyGovernmentwill
continue supportingLWF’s
activities andpledgemorepartici-
pation in theForum’s activities”
Hon.Kabugi.
2015 also recorded the highest amount
received inmembership registration fees.
Over KES 2million was raised during the
Forum’s first membership drive that begun
inAugust 2015. Both old and newmembers
came out in support of this effort, andmem-
bers belonging to the top 3 categories were
honoured at theAGM that was held on 10th
October atNanyuki SportsClub.
LWF is a membership driven organisation,
and the tremendous effort made by staff,
members aswell as the support from
USAID and the Embassy of theKingdom of
the Netherlands (EKN), ensures that imple-
mentation of various conservation activities
for Laikipians andLaikipia continue.
Dep.Governor,Hon.Kabugi presents aSimbaPlaque
toDr. JonathanMossKisimaFarm - amemberofLWF.
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