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K
enya’s new Wildlife Act,
assented by the president on
24
th
December 2013, provides
an opportunity for wildlifemanagers and
communities to benefit from wildlife
conservation activities. Amendments
included in thisAct makes it muchmore
friendly to conservation as it involves
local stakeholders invarious conservation
matters.
Compensation has also been clearly
addressed in the new Act. Previously
compensationwaspaidby thegovernment
and this was facilitated through District
Wildlife Compensation Committees.
Compensation under the old wildlife act
only related to human death and injury.
It did not include destruction of crops,
livestock and property. Furthermore, the
amount paid for lossof lifeand injurywas
contentiously inadequate. The process
of administering the compensation
claims was highly bureaucratic and
did not involve local stakeholders. To
correct this weakness, the new Wildlife
Conservation and Management Act
allows for the establishment of County
WildlifeConservation andCompensation
Committees (CWCCCs) for everyCounty
in Kenya. The committees will work to
oversee conservation and management
of wildlife in various counties, including
managing compensation after human-
wildlife conflict incidences haveoccurred
Numerous residents in Laikipia who
have suffered loss of crops, livestock,
and property welcome the formation of
theCWCCCs asmost had resigned to the
fact that their claims may go unfulfilled.
TheCWCCCs have alreadygone through
induction and are about to commence
on the implementation of services to
communities.
Todate, humandeathand injuryclaims
add up to approximately Kes 5 billion
which in itself poses a dilemma for the
government onwhere these fundswill be
sourced.
In order to clarify the content of the
wildlife act, the Cabinet Secretary for
Environment and Natural Resources,
made several regulations to guide
the implementation of the Act. These
regulations will come into force on the
date that they are gazetted. Regulations
include
those
on
conservancies,
compensation, licensing, community
participation, security and government
trophies, among others.
Various conservationists have been
approached to submit their viewson these
regulations in order to guide KWS in the
revision and validation process.
LWF has been at the forefront in
mobilising Laikipians to give their
comments on these regulations. The
Forum has also collected views from
members and forwarded them to the
relevant authority.
The 23 WCMA regulations and
guidelines are still under review by
KWS and the KWS Board. The Board
was expected to meet in November,
2015 to confirm the latest drafts, and to
recommend final versions to the Cabinet
Secretary for approval and posting. A
final public validationmeeting is likely to
be held in the new year. ​
LWF is working with the Kenya
Wildlife Conservancies Association
(KWCA) to ensure that feedback,
recommendations and revisions from
the membership are incorporated and
presented to the government. 
NewWildlifeAct bringschange for conservation
Human-ElephantConflict isoneof themajor things that thenewwildlifeactwill address.
VirginiaWahome is theCWCCCchair forLaikipiaCountyandLWF’s CLO for
WesternUnit.
Livesof Laikipia
N
anyuki town just
wouldn’t be the
samewithout all the
curio shops lining the streets.
Over and above the usual
sandals and bracelets, there are
artistic pieces unique to the
region.When visiting any one
of the shops, it is not uncommon
tomeet artisanswho have
migrated from other parts of the
country to settle inLaikipia.
Meet FlorenceSyombua:
“ Imoved toLaikipia
a long time ago. I loved it
immediately I got here and I
didnot find it hard to settle
down. Imakemost ofmy
jewelry, something I learnt
todowhen Iwas younger. I
come from theKamba tribe
and some ofmy fellow artists
askwhy I donotmake jewelry
frommynative land.My
answer to them is simple - I
lovewhat Imake! Sometimes
Iwill combinedesigns from
my tribewith those of others
and I find thatmywork
becomes evenmorebeautiful.
This is theway Imakemy
living and Imight aswell love
what Imake right?”
Florence Syombua
CONSERVATION INACTION
December 2015 IssueNo. 3
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