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CONSERVATION INACTION
December 2015 IssueNo. 3
T
he Wildlife Clubs of Kenya
(WCK), a non-governmental
organisation formed in 1968
by Kenyan students, is seen by many
as the organisation that started formal
Conservation Education (CE) in the
country.Although conservation education
in African traditions was addressed
through taboos and ethics, increased
negative impacts on the environment
necessitated that people take more
concerted efforts in addressing their
impact on the environment.
Today, CE is seen as a fundamental
tool that allows young members of
society to connect with nature as well as
learnhow to care for irreplaceablenatural
resources. CE is also making its mark at
a time when access to the great outdoors
has become increasingly difficult. Urban
areas are growing in size, encroaching
on neighbouring forests and natural
catchment areas where wildlife once
thrived.
InLaikipiaCountyhowever, thousands
of square kilometres are filled with the
most diverse wildlife, domestic animals
as well as local communities who
work towards the conservation of the
environment and other natural resources.
For years, various conservancies within
Laikipia have been giving access to both
local and national students, allowing
them to experience and learnmore about
conservation in aplacewere conservation
thrives. Majority of these young people
haveonlycome intocontactwithKenya’s
unique wildlife in orphanages or parks,
andmostlyhear about these animals from
secondhand sources.
Laikipia therefore, shouldbeviewedas
one of the final frontiers for conservation
education, and here’s why. Since
independence, wildlife and biodiversity
have been viewed as collective resources
whose conservation and management
are the responsibility of government
agencies. Education curricular confined
conservation toprotectedparks, botanical
gardens and animal orphanages. In
addition, cultural experiences that focus
on conservation would commonly be
Laikipia: Final frontier for
ConservationEducation
L
WF isplanning inorder toknow
which path(s) to take to realise
ourMission:
“To conserve Laikipia’s wildlife and
ecosystem integrity and improve the lives
of its people.
To determine the direction and what
we offer, we want to learn what you
INTHIS EDITION
found incentres that are far removed from
the people that they actually represent
creating discrepancies in the narratives
told. However, in Laikipia, the integrity
of the landscape is arguably the most
intact in Kenya, offering visitors to the
Countyconservationenlightenment rarely
experienced in other parts of the country.
Over recent years, learning institutions
in Kenya, especially those located in
the urban areas, have moved towards
integrating conservation into their
LWFstrategicplanningupdate
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think about LWF’s membership services
and programmes. We also want to know
your views about various conservation
challenges facing Laikipia, our natural
resources, and how we can tackle these
and other issues together.
Sowe’re sendingout teams to talkwith
you, to listen and to learn. Through your
participation, you will help us determine
where LWF should be in 15 years, and
what we have to do to get there. What
services should we offer? How do we
fund these services? Who do we work
with as partners?
LaikipiaCounty offers
immense opportunities for
ConservationEducation
Enterprise as a form of
landutilisation, and is in
a fundamental position to
re-connect childrenwith
nature.”
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Voiceof themembership
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LWFstrategicplanning
update
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TheGreatGrevy’s
Rally:Rally toSave the
Grevy’sZebra
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Sustainable tourism
makesstrides inLaikipia
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After exposure toLWF’s
EEP, how has your
perspective of conservation
changed?
Studentsexploreartefactsat theOl Pejeta Conservancy informationcenter
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