Community based conservation is a rapidly growing movement, particularly in Kenya. One of our working partners, the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), has been instrumental in supporting community conservancies here - both with financial assistance and in advice and training. Key to their success is the locally-led governance structures; each conservancy is managed by a democratically elected board and often mixes ethnic groups. The Biodiversity Management Programme partner with NRT at the Tana Kipini Lag Badana Bush Bushle demo site, where the community are being supported to spearhead coastal conservation efforts.
Similar structures are in the pipeline for Gambella and Djibouti. The BMP will work closely with partners on the ground to emulate the NRT model in these areas, adapting it where necessary to national and local circumstances, and ensuring the community have the structure and capacity they need to benefit from sustainable conservation.