Community Conservancy Policy Support and Implementation Program

Kenya’s globally significant eco-regions are facing direct threats. Insecure land and resource rights, poor land-use planning, weak governance systems, human-wildlife conflicts, lack of conservation incentives,
limited inclusion of women and youth, and vulnerability to climate change and other shocks are among the underlying drivers of these threats to biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being. Conservation of these eco-regions relies not only on government-managed protected areas but also on conservation on private and community lands.

Community and private wildlife conservancies in Kenya represent an emerging viable opportunity. In the last three decades, Kenya has seen a remarkable growth in the number and types of conservancies implementing a variety of conservation and livelihood strategies. Although private and community conservation is a movement in its early stages, more than 6.4 million hectares of land have been conserved, providing important connectivity for biodiversity across entire eco-regions and between parks and community lands. Better land management, improved security and social cohesion, access to education and health are tangible benefits of community conservancies. While these conservancies are implementing a range of conservation strategies, they face policy and institutional barriers to effectively carry out their biodiversity conservation and sustainable-development mandates.

The Community Policy Support and Implementation Program (CCSP) implemented by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA) facilitates communities and landowners’ participation in policy review processes and better access to policy information and incentives. The program seeks to address policy barriers inhibiting development of conservancies by promoting a supportive legal environment that encourages sustainable and beneficial conservation.

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Friday, March 8, 2019 - 11:15am

Last updated: March 08, 2019