Community Conservancies Seed Grant Program in Maasai Mara

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The Greater Maasai Mara Ecosystem in Narok County is home to the iconic wildlife migration, a world-renowned tourist destination and a critical ecosystem for wildlife conservation.  With only 26 percent of this ecosystem under government protection, community, and privately-owned land adjacent to the Maasai Mara National Reserve is vitally important to conservation efforts. The community conservancy model provides socio-economic benefits from conservation for over 14,500 landowners and 100,000 people.  

These benefits also lead to an increase in the population and diversity of wildlife species, improved ecosystem integrity, increased income from wildlife-based tourism and other conservation enterprises, and enhanced coexistence between wildlife, livestock, and people.  Major threats to conservation in the ecosystem include loss of biodiversity, habitat degradation, and wildlife poaching and trafficking.  Additionally, the conservancy movement in the Mara faces multiple challenges; lack of a unified ecosystem-wide conservation approach and limited resources for and capacity of governance structures to fulfill the mandate of nascent and existing conservancies threaten to hinder progress.

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Friday, February 19, 2021 - 11:15am

Last updated: March 16, 2021