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Destination Laikipia To Offer Fresh Leisure, Living, Learning and Loving Laikipia Experience

Laikipia offers diverse, wild and personal tourism experiences and the new platform is a new gateway!

The County Government and the Laikipia Tourism Association (LTA) have reached an agreement on the management of a promotional-booking website (Destination Laikipia) a platform that is dedicated to boost tourism and investments in the County.

The new website is designed to be a one-stop shop for Laikipia destinations, investments, company promotion, and living. The tourism component will  let potential travelers book and make payment for a wide variety of  tourism experiences. This is also the first time any county will have a one-stop booking platform for private properties in its landscape.

In the agreement, LTA will manage the platform making it easy for its membership to feature their properties, package their offerings, and advertise major upcoming events.

Are you interested to visit and enjoy the wild and personal experiences of Laikipia? Through the platform, you will get recommendations for holidays with discounted rates, and efficient reservations, as well as regular updates on travel information in the County.

This is a boost to the County’s tourism promotion and private sector support, and will greatly contribute to tourism growth in the Laikipia landscape.

There are many Laikipia tourism investments/properties that are expected to be the major beneficiaries of this new development as they will get a platform for direct booking services and marketing of their destinations.

The development of Destination Laikipia’s new platform is in its final stage.

We encourage tourism service providers in Laikipia to sign on with the LTA in order to enjoy this new marketing and promotion platform for tourism in the Greater Laikipia Landscape.

For LTA Membership and inquiries, contact LTA Secretary John King’ori

Email: john.kingori@laikipia.org

Cell: +254 714 797 931

 

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Cross-county efforts to spur economic development in region

AMAYA TRIANGLE

A member contributes during the regional workshop in Rumuruti

Everyone knows the National Disaster Emergency Agency (NDMA) as the organization leading the Government’s commitment to ending drought emergencies in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) of Kenya. They are responsible for the monthly monitoring of conditions and early warning signs of drought in the Country. They guide drought preparedness and emergency relief.

The AMAYA Triangle Initiative (ATI) is the result of the collective intentions of 4 Counties and their Governors to bring peace, stability and economic development to the four corners of Baringo, Laikipia, Isiolo and Samburu Counties.

In a welcome partnership, the NDMA and ATI are leading this 4-county initiative.  At a regional workshop in Rumuruti at the beginning of October, representatives and partners from Baringo (Amaya ward), Laikipia (Sosian ward), Samburu (Seguta Marmar ward), and Isiolo (Ol Donyiro ward), completed the preliminary designs of development activities designed to turn these areas into a livestock enterprise zone – a tool in efforts to stabilize and bring economic development to this region.

We can expect project designs to be supported through the NDMA/European Union and procurement activities to begin early in 2018. Early activities for the ATI include water and livestock development, infrastructure, and more cross-county talks aimed at enhancing collaboration and cooperation.

The Forum is supporting design efforts alongside the County NMDA and County Steering Group.

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Good Neighbours

Communities have been meeting to improve relations and develop local partnerships that have mutual benefits for involved parties

The communities to the North and East of Ole Naishu have been working with a membership organization (Oramat Lenaboisho) in the Laikipia east landscape to bring about better communication and more regular collaboration in the neighbourhood.

Working with the support of the FORUM and Borana Conservancy, Oramat has been leading the formation of community groups to discuss issues of grazing, security, employment and reconciliation of past grievances.

Two community groups (committees) have been appointed (one from Makurian and one from Chumvi) to serve as the interface between Ole Naishu and its neighbours.

These efforts are designed to bring about improved relations and to develop local partnerships that have mutual benefits for the Ranch and its neighbours.

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Electric Fence Brings Hope To Health Centre In Arjiju, Mukogodo Forest

Mr Stephen Njoroge is the Health Officer in charge of Arjiju Health Center in Mukogodo, that has been fenced as part of Disney Project in Mukogodo Landscape.

My name is Stephen Njoroge, I am the doctor in charge of the Arjiju Community Health Centre. I came to Makurian Group Ranch, about five years ago.

When I first got here, this facility was experiencing a lot of challenges. Insecurity, human-wildlife conflict, lack of a maternity ward and there was an acute lack of water in the hospital.

There was a great challenge of insecurity because of free-roaming wild animals and especially the elephants. In fact, community members could not visit the health centre at night for fear of attack by wild animals.

Water was also an issue, a big one! This health centre was a hotspot because it had water tanks and made it a prime spot for the conflicts.

Despite the fact that we had a seasonal water pan in the community and a water storage unit in the hospital, elephants would come and drink the water. Herds trooped about the health centre at night and drank all the water from our tanks.  We would end up without any water to use in the hospital. Imagine a maternity ward without water!

About two years ago, the committee at Arjiju met to discuss how we were going to curb this challenge.  It was decided that we would put up a barbed-wire fence around the dispensary. This was done. But after a couple of weeks, the elephants came back and destroyed the fence and as usual went for the water tanks.

We had to find a solution, and I am glad that the committee was determined and ready to find solutions to this. When the chairman of Makurian Group Ranch mentioned that Disney Project would bring a new electric fence that would include the health centre, I was excited.

These past few months, seeing the poles up and finally, the electric wires being installed ,has our community very excited. That committee made a good call to include this health centre in the boundaries of the fence project.

With the electric fences now erected around the dispensary, we plan to pull down the old barbed-wired fences.

This year our water tanks will be full! I won’t have to worry about water when I get an emergency at the maternity ward at night.”

#Ends

The newly constructed solar-powered fence in Arjiju Village covers 45 hectares and is part of the Disney Conservation Fund implemented through The Laikipia Wildlife Forum at the larger Mukogodo landscape.

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More Crop for Each Drop

SNV farmer's field day

Farmers’ Field Day expose farmersto modern irrigation technology, profitable crops and maximizing water productivity on small parcels of lands.

‘Increasing water productivity’’ was the theme of the October’s Farmers’ Field Day held in Kiahuko Area, Naro Moru WRUA, Nyeri County.

The event organized by the Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership (MKEWP) in partnership with SNV. It attracted 230 farmers from 19 Water Resources Users Associations (WRUAs) from Nyeri, Meru and Laikipia Counties.

The farmers were trained on irrigation technologies, water harvesting and storage, water abstraction, access to finance, as well as market-based approach in agriculture. The ultimate goal being  to maximize farm production with minimum water use.

A small-scale farmer, Mr Ephraim Kahenya and his wife, hosted the field day at their model farm in Nyeri County.  The family is a pioneer in water harvesting technology and they are great examples of how to harvest water and use it efficiently.

“Irrespective of being a farmer in a semi-arid zone of Nyeri County, Smart Water for Agriculture has improved my productivity and has diverted my mind away from over-reliance on rivers.” Says Mr Kahenya, adding, “Such field days are fundamental in offering farmers advice on the most suitable crops to grow with market and water conservation in mind.”

Mr Kahenya inspired other farmers with the possibility of a small-scale farmer making over a million shillings for the sale of garlic planted on 1/16 acre piece of land. “That’s how you increase water productivity: Make every drop count,” he told the farmers.

The series of farmers’ field days organized by MKEWP create awareness and build the capacity of the farmers to enable them to harness and use water resources better.

MKEWP supports activities in line with County Integrated Development Plans (CIDP) for the three counties of Nyeri, Meru and Laikipia. These Plans prioritize the adoption of modern farming methods as opposed to just rain-fed agriculture.

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Ol Pejeta, Fauna and Flora International and MKEWP in Concert!

Water Act 2016

A community member of Mutara shares with WRUA Cluster during the sensitization on Water Act 2016.

58 Water Resources User Associations (WRUA) members from three sub-catchments in the Greater Laikipia landscape participated in a good governance efforts led by MKEWP in partnership with Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Fauna and Flora International.  They learned about the new policies for water, and the devolved functions of County Governments in water management.

The “Guide to the 2016 Water Act” is a MKEWP product that uses a simple guidebook of questions, answers and illustrations to inform water users on the major elements of the new water legislation.  The Guide answers a 100 practical questions that address the critical elements of the Act.

In recent months, the Partnership has been distributing the Guide and empowering communities within the Ewaso basin through the WRUA Clusters – Mutara WRUA Cluster in East Laikipia is the latest beneficiary of the sensitization exercise as part of Fauna and Flora International /OPC Project in the area.

Copies of the Guide to Water Act 2016 were also distributed to enable the WRUA management to continue sensitizing their members in the Pesi, Mutara and Surguroi WRUAs.

The Water Cluster Model is used to address common water conservation and management between river systems that share similar demographics, land use, and water governance challenges. The WRUA Cluster is used to expedite the delivery of messages, management, and technology, as well as to increase the sense of solidarity, planning and purpose across sub-catchment lines. By using this model, MKEWP is able to increase the effectiveness of its outreach and water monitoring activities, and to build comparative advantages between Clusters as a result of increased social cohesion. The Cluster also helps to increase the leverage of WRUAs on water management issues.

Laikipia Cattle, Water and Wildlife Project is funded by the Darwin Initiative through UK Government funding.

The project is implemented with partnership of FFI, Ol Pejeta Conservancy and LWF through Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership (MKEWP).

For these and other updates, ensure that you follow us on Facebook, Twitter: @MKEWP, or contact MKEWP’s Coordinator – Stanley Kirimi: stanley.kirimi@laikipia.org, to find out how you can join or support MKEWP.

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Help Us Wipe Out Rabies in Laikipia

Laikipia Rabies Vaccination campaign

In 2017 over 9000 dogs were vaccinated during the Laikipia Rabies Vaccination Campaign. This year, the campaign  will held over 8 weekends in months of October and November and targets 15,000 animals.

 

In 2015, the first Laikipia Rabies Vaccination Campaign (LRVC) vaccinated a total of 821 domestic dogs and cats.  That number and coverage has since increased with last year’s efforts reaching over 9,000 dogs and cats in the county.

The 2018 LRVC plans to widen its scope reaching out to more communities by returning to areas where vaccination has previously taken place and expanding coverage into new communities to get the numbers to 15,000. Is it possible? Absolutely!

We, as Laikipians, can work together to eradicate this deadly virus. With dedicated partnerships with the local residents, County Government and LRVC partners, we can contribute to making Laikipia, Kenya’s first rabies free county.

The LRVC, in partnership with the Laikipia County Government, will run for 8 weekends in the months of October and November. The campaign’s focus is in rural communities, which have the greatest risk of rabies exposure as well as the least access to rabies vaccination and treatment. However, this year the campaign will also include semi-urban centres with relatively large dog populations, such as Nanyuki.

In Kenya, the majority of annual rabies-related deaths occur where vaccination programs are limited or non-existent, generally where low income communities reside. In Laikipia specifically, we know that there are significant numbers of undocumented rabies cases in domestic animals, wildlife and humans annually.

If we take informed steps, we can eradicate rabies from domestic dog populations in  Laikipia  County in an effort towards accomplishing Kenya’s 2030 vision of being an entirely rabies free nation. We will however not be able to reach this goal without your help.

How You Can Help

Your support is crucial to our efforts. The number of students, vets and community members who are always willing to volunteer is always encouraging but we do need more financial support.

The 2018 LRVC, is predicted to cost approximately Ksh 3.5M (USD $35, 000). With this money the campaign will be able to cover the costs of:

  • Essential medical supplies,
  • Transportation,
  • Education programmes

Contributions can be directed to;

Mpala Research Trust

AIC 0102895062002

Standard Chartered Bank, Nanyuki

OR

MPESA Paybill Number: 310066

Account Number: LRVC 2018

Online donations at; https://give.classy.org/LRVC

For more information, please contact James Ngatia

Rabies is an almost invariably fatal disease for both humans and animals. It has been shown that mass vaccination of domestic dog is the most effective way to end the Rabies virus cycle in-step towards eradication. Vaccination of domestic animals therefore is a critical step that we should all participate in for the protection of domestic animals, our already fragile wildlife population and most importantly, public health.

 

Together, we can eradicate rabies in Laikipia!