FORUM FOCUS 1602 - page 2

CONSERVATION INACTION
2 |
LWFstrategicplanningcalendar2016
February2016 IssueNo. 5
L
aikipia Wildlife Forum
(LWF) continues to
gather key information
from communities in the five
strategic operational units. The
process which started on January
8
th
2016 is expected to conclude
on March 1
st
2016. The use of
Focus Group Discussions (FGDs)
is helping to identify the strength
weakness, opportunities and
threatsofLWFbothexternallyand
internally, including itsoperational
area.
In January 2016 FGDs were
conducted in Uaso Ngiro Unit at
IlpoleiCulturalWomen’shallwith
representatives from theNaibunga
Conservancy
Group
Ranch
and grazing chairpersons from:
Ilpolei, Morupusi, Munishoi,
Kijabe, Nkiloriti, Musul; as well
as conservation enterprise groups
including: TwalaWomen’s Group
(Ilpolei), NabuluWomen’s Group
(Makandura); and Naitabaya
Women’s Group (Musul). In total
18 people participated (12 men
and 6women).
The second set ofFGDmeetings
were held inKimanjo Library and
attended by Tiamamut, Ilmotiok,
Koija group ranches’ and graz-
ing management chairpersons;
members of registered enterprise
groups including; Osotua, Kiyaap,
Naroshimali, Naningoi, Naaiku,
Nalepo, as well as Lower Ewaso
Water ResourceUsersAssociation
(WRUA). 24 people participated
(19men and 5women)
Feedback from FGDs at
Lamuria included a request for
LWF to be more involved in
the implementation of projects
in the area while participants in
attendance in Nanyuki looked
forward to the realisation of the
strategic plan and implementation
of various projects and activities.
LWF’s future depends on
the voice of its membership, of
which 80% belong to community
organisations and schools. This
process is generously supported
by EKN and USAID, the result
of whichwill be a 5 year strategic
plan that covers 2016 through to
2021.
L
WF recently announced
that
The
Nature
Conservancy (TNC) will
also be assistingwith the Forum’s
strategic planning efforts and will
help to structure the organisation
to lead the Laikipia Unity
Landscape. This is a major effort
to fulfil theLWFMission:
To conserveLaikipia’s
wildlife and ecosystem
integrity and to improve
the lives of its people.
TNC has maintained historical
interest and support for Laikipia
and the greater Ewaso Nyiro
Landscape for the last 10 years.
TNC is a well-known partner at
the Lewa Wildlife and Loisaba
Conservancies; and they have
contributed to work with LWF,
Africa
Wildlife
Foundation
(AWF), and the Zeitz Foundation
on land tenure and conservation in
theCounty.
Beginning in January 2016,
TheNatureConservancyandLWF team
up insupport of theLaikipiaunity landscape
TNC has allocated resources
and expertise to work with LWF
to address the next steps in the
evolutionofLWFasamembership
organisation. LWF will receive
assistance with organisation,
FocusGroup
Discussions are
helping to identify the
strengthweakness,
opportunities and
threats of LWF
both externally and
internally,
Membersof a focusgroupdiscussionheldat IlpoleiCulturalWomen’sCentre
structure and financing of a
conservation land trust that will
provide oversight to the Laikipia
Unity Landscape. In addition,
LWF will also receive advice
and assistance on membership
management, fundraising, public
relations and advocacy aspects.
The Laikipia Unity Landscape
is a unique blend of biodiversity
conservation, land use manage-
ment, and private land ownership.
Together, landowners in Laiki-
piahavededicated themselves to a
broad, landscape approach to con-
servation that provides direct and
tangible benefits to the County,
Kenya and the International com-
munity into the future.
Read more about LWF’s team
efforts withTNC and the Laikipia
Unity Landscape as LWF’s
strategic planning efforts continue
on
and in future
editions of ForumFocus.
Lpinguan focusgroupdiscussionduringLWF’sstrategicplanning
Februarymeetings
Town/Centre Venue Date
WesternUnit
1. Sipili
OliviaCourt
2
nd
February
2. Rumuruti
RVilla
3
rd
February
3. Kinamba
MamaUpendoConferenceHall 16thFebruary
NorthernUnit
1. Sosian
1
st
February
2. MaunduMeri
2
nd
February
3. Lounyek
17thFebruary
Research/ EnvironmentalNGOs
MpalaResearchCentre
12
th
-13
th
February
LaikipiaCountyGovernment, NeighboringCounties andNationalNRMBodies
Nanyuki
Tobe advised
LargeLandOwners
NorthernUnit
23
rd
February
1 3,4,5,6,7,8
Powered by FlippingBook