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2021

Securing critical wildlife migratory corridor between Kenya and Tanzania and promote peaceful coexistence between people & wildlife

Kenya

Titre : Securing critical wildlife migratory corridor between Kenya and Tanzania and promote peaceful coexistence between people & wildlife.

Pays : Kenya

Numéro projet : KEN/SGP/OP7/Y1/ICCA-GSI-COVID/2021/06

Domaine : Biodiversity

Date : en cours en 2021

Bénéficiaire :  ?

Présentation
Kitirua conservancy covers an area of approximately 161.8km2 in the Northwest of Amboseli National Park. It is part of the Olgulului-Oloarrashi Group Ranch (OOGR) and is the oldest Conservancy in the greater Amboseli Ecosystem. It was established by the Group Ranch leadership in partnership with tourism investors Ker Downey and Cheli & Peacock (now Elewana Collection) and the Amboseli Conservation Programme as a concession area in 1984, it forms an integral corridor for herbivores and carnivores migrating from Amboseli National Park through Enduiment Wildlife Management Areas into Kilimanjaro National Park. To manage land use conflict between parties sharing the area, the conservancy has been divided into three zones ; Core conservation, Livestock grazing, and Tourism conservation areas. A combination of Pastoralism and wildlife tourism provides a double source of income to the land owners of the conservancy. The conservancy is a dry season grazing area for livestock. Grazing inthe conservancy is managed through a set of grazing by laws that are implemented by the grazing committee. The committee meets to discuss when to open the conservancy grazing blocks on a quarterly basis though subject to pasture availability which in turn depends on rainfall patterns. Group ranch members benefit from lease fees through Tourism investment by Ker & Downey and Elewana Collection. The tourism income generated by conservancy tourism investment mainly support the following ; conservancy management to meet operation costs ; salaries for rangers and manager, food rations, equipment, security patrols and surveillance. The income also supports community projects such as borehole construction, fuel for borehole generator, servicing, repairs, and school bursaries. Covid-19 pandemic outbreak has resulted to the collapse of the tourism industry which was the main source of income to a large number of community members through direct employment and selling of beads by women to tourist visiting the conservancy. This unprecedented calamity presented unique challenges to both wildlife and people sharing same resources for a livelihood. People lost their jobs and therefore resulting to food insecurity. Due to a scale down of operations in the conservancy, there has been an increase in human wildlife conflicts like ; poisoning of predators when they kill livestock along the border, damage to community boreholes by elephants in such of water.

Financement
Grant Amount (GEF) : US$ 30,000.00
Co-Finanshing Cash : US$ 30,000.00
Co-Finanshing in-Kind : US$ 10,000.00

GEF Small Grants Programme

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