Laikipia Wildlife Forum News Updates

April Edition 2019
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Directors Statement
Dear Members,

As we promised, the Forum was able to leverage your contributions to secure three additional sources of funding for membership projects.

We have now engaged with the World Bank and the Water Resources Group 2030 for the next two years in support of Water Resource User Associations. Our USAID funding will support the County Government’s efforts to eradicate invasive species, like the prickly pear. Our renewed support from the Disney Conservation Fund and the Wildlife Conservation Society will continue to support human elephant conflict prevention in the Mukogodo Forest.

Our additional partners, CORDAID and SNV continue to work with us on water conservation and management and community resilience in the face of ever-increasing demands on our limited water supply.

Enjoy our April newsletter. It will keep you up-to-date on what we’re doing where, or more importantly, what YOU are doing where and when.

Keep informed. Stay engaged!

Peter Hetz

Executive Director

The Role of Laikipia in Re-Imagining

the African Safari

Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Najib Balala shares his sentiments on re-imagining the Kenyan Africa Safari at the Africa Safari Summit in Nakuru
Tourism stakeholders in Laikipia provide leadership to the national industry as one of the most unique and diverse destinations, with sustainability-driven practices. Laikipia’s tourism industry continues to increase competitiveness through quality service, diverse offerings, easy access and strong, private-sector driven, sustainable practices.

Laikipia is a model county demonstrating the diversity of the “African safari”. Our travel packages consist of walking safaris, unique experiences, the equator, a great diversity of resident cultures, expansive landscapes, unique wildlife populations, nourishing agriculture, camping, hotels and lodges, and all of these packaged under the watchful eye of Mt. Kenya.

Last month, the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife hosted a National Safari Summit aimed at engaging key tourism stakeholders to “develop inspirations” that will eliminate the monotony and predictability of our safari products, and to creatively and competitively brand our safari tourism offerings.

Read More on how Laikipia can re-shape the African Safari

SERVIR Eastern Africa Program

Kick Off

Anastacia Wahome, Science and Data lead at Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development presents on SERVIR Eastern & Southern Africa program at the programs kick off workshop in Nairobi
Laikipia Wildlife Forum under the SERVIR program intends to have in place properly informed intervention measures on management of the invasive species.The Forum also seeks to ensure continuous monitoring of invasive species management with the County taking lead in this effort by leveraging Citizen Science in invasive species data collection & management in Northern Kenya Rangelands.

Recognizing the fact that Agriculture and food security, Land Cover and Ecosystems, Weather and Climate as well as Water and water related disasters are some of the key factors that affect livelihoods in this region, the program has these areas as its focus service areas. SERVIR through its implementing partners therefore seeks to help countries in Eastern and Southern Africa Region use information provided by Earth observing Satellites and geospatial technologies to improve on climate change resilience and environmental management.

Organized by RCMRD and USAID, The program held its kick-off meeting on the 24th to 26th of April at the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The 3 day workshop provided an opportunity for all program grantees to clearly define their roles and responsibilities and to outline the grant activities.
Read More About the SERVIR program Kick Off Here

Upcoming Event
Save a date with Mugie for a day to see Laikipia’s best livestock and learn about the newest developments in livestock husbandry

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Making Leadership Accountable in
WASH and WRM

Francis Warui from Akvo helps a participant enter data in the Akvo RSR Election Monitoring Platform in Arusha
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has reported that the crisis of water is one of the top five global risks. These sentiments are echoed by Water.org, which cites that the WASH crisis is deemed as critical. 41% of the world’s populace depends on unreliable water sources, and 59% have improper sanitation.

Key to addressing any of these issues is good governance; but too often water resource leadership disappoints. They don’t follow-through on their promises, and fail to deliver on their mandate.

Election monitoring is a powerful tool for promoting good governance. Election monitoring follows a set of indicators that have been put in place to measure performance and accountability. The premise behind election monitoring is to hold duty bearers accountable to their promises.

Read More on the Election Monitoring Here

Ewaso Ng’iro Basin Planning Meeting

Next steps towards enhancing water security

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