Laikipia Forum News Updates

January Edition 2021
TO OUR READERS

We wish to resend this edition of the Forum Focus Newsletter as one of the cover images under the Wildlife story (Ontulili Primates Protection – Colobus Project on the Ontulili River) is a coastal colobus. We have since replaced the image with an actual Colobus from Ontulili in Laikipia County. Thanks to you our readers for the keen eye. We continue to greatly appreciate your valuable feedback. Enjoy the read.

TOURISM
Reviving Tourism in Laikipia
It is only through your membership, that the Laikipia Tourism Association can realize its goal to ensure that Laikipia and its surroundings are recognized as the most diverse, sustainable tourism destination in East Africa

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WATER
The Paradox
Water Permits for Irrigation in a Dry Environment?
Collaboration between the WRUA and local stakeholders (WRA, Nyandarua and Laikipia Counties, FFI, OPC and LWF) has resulted in a plan to ensure equity in water allocation to comply with water abstraction rules and to meet growing demand.

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EMU-SACCO
Forging Ahead
SACCOs have made an immense contribution to the economy is a fact that many local economists agree on. Statistics indicate that as of 2014, Sacco’s had an asset base of Sh301.5 billion and total deposits of Sh205.9billion. Sacco’s membership across the country is slightly over 4 million.

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“Keep Off Our River”
Serious complaints have been raised by the management of the Likii Water Resources Users Association over the infringement and promotion of illegal water abstraction activities from the River by a neighboring WRUA.

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WILDLIFE
Ontulili Primates Protection
Colobus Project on the Ontulili River
The issues of deforestation and environmental abuse remain very real threats. Local farmers have cut back the indigenous trees right up to the riverbank and planted maize for food and napier grass for cow feed on the 15 meters demanded by law as riparian reserve (as stated in law).

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RANGELANDS
Development Projects and the Protection of Mukogodo Forest
“In an ideal forest, people do not live inside the forest.” These are the words of Samuel Mukundi, the Ecosystem Conservator for Laikipia County. He supervises the KFS responsibilities in Mukogodo Forest.

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LAND USE
Are We Boxed, or Thinking Outside of It?
We are challenging our readers to provide their thoughts on the future of the Laikipia landscape in the face of the pandemic, the pestilence, and climate change. 10 years after devolution, Laikipia County still needs a spatial (land use) plan to guide land use and investments.

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