Its all lush and green outside Nairobi National Park in the Empakasi area after the long awaited rains finally poured over the last 2 months. The Wildlife Foundation and Community members are closely working together to establish a community conservancy in this area which borders the Nairobi National Park and is critical to its survival. The Efmpakasi area cuts across 2 Counties i.e. Kajiado and Machakos, Kenya and most of the Park animals feel at home here and some are permanent residents often sharing pasture with the local herds of cattle.
The Wildlife Foundation was among stakeholders who were invited to participate in the process of drawing up a management plan for Nairobi National Park. The management plan will ensure the holistic management of Nairobi National Park which includes stakeholder participation including communities that neighbor the park and on whose land there is abundant wildlife requiring protection.
The Kenya Wildlife Service has also started the process of collecting views from the public on the proposed guidelines to be developed under the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act 2013 (“WCMA”). The Wildlife Foundation also participated in this public hearings where views and opinions of the public on the promulgation of the mandatory regulations were obtained.
Section 4 of the WCMA requires the implementation of the Act to be guided by the following principles:
For an early riser, its never a dull morning at the Nairobi National Park.
Some Breakfast please…
And for some family meeting…
Some happy dance…
And off we go to the city…
Images courtesy of Irina Wandera
As more and more land is being converted to other land uses, protected areas in Kenya continue experience stress as the diminishing space for wildlife is likely to result in increased human-wildlife conflicts and loss of migration routes in the traditional areas. The Athi Kaputiei area in Kajiado County is one such area and is experiencing enormous pressures from the expanding Nairobi metropolis whose urban sprawl into the Kitengela and other towns in Kajiado continue to be a major threat to wildlife that require the area for their migration and dispersal, feeding and breeding.
Conservancies seem to be the best remaining sustainable option to rescue these critical lands which are key to the survival of Nairobi National Park.We remain indebted to the immediate park neighbors to the south of Nairobi National Park who have continued to support our programs as The Wildlife Foundation and have contributed to the preservation of the Nairobi National Park dispersal area.
On Saturday 31st January 2015, 15 families were represented at this first meeting to start the process of establishing a conservancy to the south of the park in the Empakasi area. The area is of critical importance to Nairobi National Park as wildlife continues to move in between the park and these lands.
The establishment of this conservancy will set precedence for the establishment of more connecting conservancies and protect the remaining critical areas within the greater Kitengela dispersal area.