COMMUNITY WILDLIFE CONSERVANCIES STEWARDSHIP PROGRAMME
Tsavo East and Tsavo West are among the most visited and financially important National Parks in Kenya. Though less visited, the Chyulu Hills National Park is of critical environmental value.
Despite their economic and ecological significance, there is currently a disparity in the dispersal of benefits flowing from these National Parks. The communities living adjacent to the parks often pay a high price for wildlife conservation but reap few of the rewards, which currently accrue predominantly to the Kenya Wildlife Service (the national wildlife authority) and to tourism businesses based in distant urban centres and overseas.
No one will support or engage in wildlife conservation if they cannot afford to. However, with effective management, wildlife can hold the key to improving economic prosperity and resilience.
At TSAVO TRUST, we are working to create incentives around conservation through the formation and stewardship of Community Wildlife Conservancies – incentives which are not purely financial, but also improve and diversify people’s livelihoods, provide a hedge against climatic shocks and enable better access to water, healthcare and education - using wildlife conservation as the catalyst for human development and environmental protection.
Programme Leader: Ian Saunders