What is the Laikipia Natural Resource Management and Biodiversity Conservation Program?
The Laikipia Natural Resource Management and Biodiversity Conservation Program supports the Laikipia Wildlife Forum, a membership-based organization established to conserve Laikipia’s wildlife and ecosystem integrity. The program brings Laikipia communities together to conserve and sustainably use the natural resources on which they depend. The program also promotes innovative strategies for rangeland management, river and wetland management, conservation enterprise development, and forest management.
Project Duration and Budget
October 2009 – June 2013
$ 2.6 million
June 2013 – April 2014
Who implements the Laikipia Natural Resource Management and Biodiversity Conservation Program?
Laikipia Wildlife Forum
Where does the Laikipia Natural Resource Management and Biodiversity Conservation Program work?
The Program works in all communities in Laikipia County and with communities in Nyeri, Meru, Samburu and Isiolo Counties.
What does the Laikipia Natural Resource Management and Biodiversity Conservation Program do?
The program supports the Laikipia Wildlife Forum to work with pastoralist communities and small-scale farmers in four critical areas to increase understanding of the value of effective conservation and natural resource management in maintaining a healthy and productive natural environment that supports lives and livelihoods.
A Rangeland Management Program supports restoration and preservation of pastoral land and promotes environmentally sound decision-making to improve relationships between grazing animals, predators, and grasslands.
A Rivers and Wetlands Management Program builds awareness between upstream community water users and users at the downstream level along 24 rivers in Laikipia.
A Conservation Enterprise Development Program promotes ethical trade in indigenous plants by building producer capacity, promoting enterprise partnerships, and supporting infrastructure development. The enterprise program focuses on aloes and other medicinal plants, essential oils, bee products, and gums and resins.
A Forest Management Program builds capacity among forest users to participate in the management of their land through development of community organizations that design and implement forest management plans.
How is the the Laikipia Natural Resource Management and Biodiversity Conservation Program making a difference?
Two out of three community members across the Laikipia group ranches now recognize the importance of planned grazing as being key for good rangeland management; seven group ranches are assimilating new knowledge to do so; and four group ranches are implementing land and water restoration community learning sites.
The Program supports water resource user associations on 24 rivers, community forest associations in ten forests, and community conservancies and grazing management committees in 13 pastoralist ranch groups.
More than 500 households have adopted improved natural resource and management practices and 3,250 individuals have directly benefited from various capacity building trainings conducted total.
An estimated 38,000 hectares (91,000 acres) is now under improved land management practice, mainly in the 13 group ranches. The program is further influencing management of an area in the magnitude of 200,000 acres.
What key challenges does the Laikipia Natural Resource Management and Biodiversity Conservation Program face?
Population growth in Laikipia County taxes the use of land and natural resources. Frequent droughts and water scarcity threaten land management, community livelihoods, and increases competition over natural resources.
A lack of knowledge and access to sustainable building materials and water to irrigate crops leads to unsustainable use of forests and rivers.
For more information:
Dr. Mordecai Ogada, Executive Director
Laikipia Wildlife Forum
Tel: +254 (0) 726 500 260
Beatrice Wamalwa, AOR
Agriculture, Business and Environment Office
Tel: +254 721 371 357
Updated May 2013
Last updated: August 21, 2013