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CONSERVATION INACTION
January2016 IssueNo. 4
L
WF is happy to present a strong
organisation, with a returning,
robust membership of close to 6,
000 individuals. Our membership renewal
effortsandyoursupport in2015have resulted
inmembership fees ofmore thanKsh2.75M
– more than three times the average LWF
membership revenue of any previous year.
The LWF team of 30 is divided between
our headquarters in Nanyuki and 5 Laikipia
Countymanagement units andall address the
Forum’s 8programme areas.
The 5 strong, activeUnit Directors:Anne
Powys for Northern Unit; Mike Roberts for
Eastern Unit; John Horsey for Central Unit;
Robert Kariuki for Western Unit; Kimani
Kuria for Ewaso Nyiro Unit, continue to
volunteer their expertise and time to the
Forum.
Sitting on the Forum’s Board is Chairman
Peter Waweru, the Executive Director,
and representatives from the County
Government, BATUK, KWS, the Laikipia
Tourism/Investors sector, and the Mpala
ResearchCentre.
LaikipiaCounty
We celebrate in particular, our growing
relationship with the Laikipia County
Government in the following areas:
Appointment of the County Secretary
for Tourism, Trade, and Cooperative
Development, Jane Putunoi, to the LWF
Board
LWF’s participation in the County Task
Force on theWest Laikipia Fence, and at
the request of the Governor, a review of
the community engagement and support
for theRumuruti Forest Fence.
Support for the nation’s first County-level
bill in support of SustainableTourism
Support for the nation’s first County-level
SustainableTourismMaster Plan.
Close coordination with the County
Government on the formationof aNational
Resource Management (NRM) secretariat
to advise County Government on NRM
andClimateChange
Closeworkwith theCountyCommissioner
on the documentation and impacts of
Human/Wildlife Conflict and Human/
Human incidences of conflict over natural
resources andproperty.
Closecollaborationonfundingandcapacity
buildingnecessary to support ourWRUAs,
water conservation, water management
rules, andwatershedmanagement.
Formation of a cross-county integrated
water conservation and management
partnership (Nyeri, Meru, and Laikipia
Counties) that also includes the private
sector and membership organisations like
LWF andMt. KenyaTrust.
Renewable
Energy
Conference
sponsored by LWF and co-hosted by the
German Chamber of Commerce and the
Laikipia County Government, to address
opportunities for renewable energy
investment and technology options for
Laikipia’s energyneeds.
Partners
Let us also take this opportunity to
acknowledge our Laikipia, Regional,
National and International Partners:
First the different groups that include
CFAs,WRUAS, Schools, EnterpriseGroups
and Fence CommitteesYou are the stewards
ofourenvironmentonwhichyour livelihoods
depend.
Second, our landowners –bothprivate and
community – you are the backbone of the
Forum.
Third – we are proud to work with our
County/Regional partners: Zeitz Foundation,
Laiconar, KWS, KFS, WRMA, Northern
Rangelands Trust and Northern Rangelands
Trust – Trading (NRT/NRT-T), Lewa
Wildlife Conservancy, Mpala Research
Centre, Laikipia Chamber of Commerce and
Industry, CETRAD, Mt. Kenya Trust, Space
forGiants, GrevyZebraTrust
Fourth – our national and international
partners: The Nature Conservancy, African
Wildlife Foundation, The International
Conservation Caucus Foundation, African
Conservation Centre, EcoTourism Kenya,
Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association
andKenyaWildlifeService
Last but nomeans least ourDonors:United
StatesAgency for International Development
and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the
Netherlands
ProgramHighlights
Water
– With the generous support of
USAID, theprogramme supported3WRUAs
with office operations by providing them
with office equipment (desks, laptops and
printers), 2 benefited from the construction
of common water intakes, and 60 water
metreswere installed for 8WRUAs that also
benefited from capacity building. Therewere
also forums formed for WRUAs that aimed
at resolvingwater use conflict during the dry
spell experienced in 2015.
Rangelands
– Despite the closure of the
Holistic Management component led by
Natural Capital, the LWF Rangelands
Programme continued to contribute to: the
Grazing Task Force and development of a
more comprehensive approach to grazing
management in Laikipia (with NRT-T and
Space for Giants); Rangelands Outreach
Team dedicated to addressing issues of
peace and security stemming from amassive
incursion of people and livestock from
outside the county; participation in inter-
county and international forums dedicated
to livestock management, pastoralism, and
natural resources management (with the
assistance of FAO and others); and conduct
of an impact evaluation of the effectiveness
of the holistic management programme in
Laikipia group ranches.
Forests –
The Forest Programme largely
focused on law enforcement and capacity
building
.
In 2015 LWF supported 7 CFAs
with forest scouts uniforms, 2 CFAs were
trained on start-up of ecotourism enterprises
and 1 CFAwas assisted to renew their forest
management plan. Plans are still afoot to
identify and develop a cost-effective forest
guard training programme that can be
replicated at county levels.
Wildlife
– While procurement delays
within County Government meant little
progress was made on the Rumuruti and
West Laikpia Elephant Fence projects, the
Wildlife Programme made headway on
policy, legislation, and law enforcement
componentsof itsportfolio.LWFcontributed
to many discussions and drafts of the 23
WCMA regulations and orders that interpret
the act. Our analysis of the effectiveness
of community managed electric fences in
Laikipia (apart from theWestLaikipiaFence)
illustrates the general failure of community
managed electric fences to control human
wildlife conflict or illegal encroachment by
livestock.
Conservation Enterprise
– this year we
closed Desert Edge Bio-Trading Ltd. The
Company failed to make any money, was
a financial burden to LWF, and after five
yearswas unable todemonstrate a successful
business venture. Desert Edge assets were
sold to recover losses, and the company
moved to formal closure. Conservation
Enterprise groups continued to receive
training inproduct production andmarketing
until the end of September 2015. All efforts
are focused on helping enterprise group’s
transition to more sustainable products and
better markets. In 2015 the programworked
with12 community enterprise groups.
EnvironmentalEducation
– theProgramme
continued to provide school excursions for
primary and secondary schools in Laikipia
to local conservancies. In 2015, 79 schools
were assisted, with a total of 1, 744 pupils
that included 1, 100 boys and 644 girls.
Moreover, the Programme developed and
offered tailoredguide trainingfor theForum’s
conservancies and ranches with guiding/
educational programmes. This was the first
time local talent was harnessed in favour of
this important service. A total of 17 local
guides from Laikipia conservancies were
trained on current methods of disseminating
environmental education content.
The environmental education programme
is addressing the long-term sustainability
of its outreach support to local schools
and other stakeholders. Expect major new
programming to commence in2016.
Tourism
– The Tourism programme
underwent a significant transition this year,
as it focused less on tourism promotion
and marketing for Laikipia facilities, and
more on the development of an enabling
environment for tourism business with
County Government. Our two biggest
achievements were the joint development
of the nation’s first county tourism bill and
the nation’s first county-focused tourism
master plan. Both efforts help to focus the
County as a centre of sustainable tourism
with appropriate incentives, governance,
branding andmarketing. EcoTourismKenya
and theGlobal Sustainable TourismCouncil
Standards provided guidance. The Laikipia
County Sustainable Tourism Bill will be
enacted early in 2016.
PeaceandSecurity
–All our efforts in2015
were focused on issues related to human-
wildlife conflicts, and human-livestock
conflicts. Our staff and CLOs provided
advice, conflict mitigation and management
support, reporting, and watch-dog/advocacy
efforts to identify and manage natural
resource access and use conflicts throughout
the landscape. Most efforts were focused on
rangelands andgrass access onprivate lands,
but other efforts include workwithWRUAs
to ensure downstreamwater access, wildlife
compensationsensitization,andsupport to the
newly formedCountyWildlifeConservation
andCompensationCommittees.
Other
– There are three other noteworthy
items to report for 2015:
1.
LWF is a Board Member of the Kenya
Wildlife Conservancies Association – a
membership organisation supporting the
conservancymovement in Kenya. In that
capacity, LWF joined KWCA and others
topetitionGovernment on ahost of issues
impacting community lands and land
tenure legislation inKenya. The results of
these efforts are pending.
2.
NRT and LWF formed a working
relationship on matters related to water
conservationandmanagement,Mukugodo
Forest, rangelands, and the conservancy
movement in Laikipia. We can expect
many more joint efforts related to these
themes and others in 2016.
3.
LWF launches the Laikipia Unity
Landscape.With the support of key LWF
members, LWF has launched an effort
for conservation at a landscape level
in Laikipia. A majority of landowners
have agreed to design and subscribe to
a compact that will govern land use and
management into the futureand inkeeping
with revenue generation, employment,
food production and conservation goals.
Strategic, Long Term,
Sustainability
With the support of a USAID grant, we
will use the period of January-June 2016 to
analyse, discuss and deliberate our future as
an organisation.
LWF will ensure that teams visit each
of the LWF units, meet with landowners
both large and small, and engage them in
the development of LWF’s future. Other
meetings will include other stakeholder
groups in our landscape.
We will also address key programming
areas like wildlife, rangelands, water, peace
and security in an effort to determine our
future role in this landscape.
Our new Membership Management
System and Communications Department
will generate information and SMS
communication to keep you engaged in
the process. Stay tuned for updates and a
calendar of events through our website and
ForumFocus.
By the closure of 2016, we can expect to
have an LWF that is even more responsible
andmore capable of achieving itsMission:
To conserveLaikipia’s
Wildlife andEcosystem
integrity and to improve the
lives of its people.
LWFperformanceupdate – 2015
Ourmembership
renewal efforts and
your support in
2015have resulted
inmembership fees
ofmore thanKsh
2.75M
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