Conservationists meet Laikipia Governor over Human – Wildlife Conflict
LWF attended a recent meeting called by Laikipia Governor Mr. Joshua Irungu to discuss the county’s rampant cases of Human-wildlife conflict and how to go about solving the problem. During his campaigns, Mr Irungu pledged to tackle human wildlife conflict if elected to office.
Community Conservancy Sends Suspected Poachers to Court
While we are extremely saddened by the death of Omni at the hands of poachers, we are pleased to announce that since we released the information, the judge in Kenya has set bail for the four (4) culprits at Ksh 3 million (USD 37,500) per person, the highest ever in respect of wildlife crime in the country. This is an encouraging sign that the Kenya government is taking poaching crimes seriously. We hope this judgement will set a precedent and become a serious deterrent against poachers. Wildlife crime it seems will no longer go unpunished. We congratulate the elders of the il Ngwesi community for showing initiative and leadership.
AgroSolar Irrigation Demo Sites
Laikipia Wildlife Forum and Sun Culture are working together to implement a science-based program aimed at maximizing water benefits to society through use of green energy and drip kits. LWF has began putting up demo sites as tools for educating farmers on efficient and economical farming practices that would significantly reduce their costs of production including water for irrigation and as a result increase their profits and yields per acreage.
World Water Day in Laikipia
World Water in Laikipia was celebrated on 24thApril 2013 by the banks of Nanyuki River in Nanyuki town. As part of the celebrations, participants took part in a cleanup exercise along the bridge near Equatorial Supermarket. The celebrations were organized by Laikipia Wildlife Forum, Water Resource Management Authority and Nanyuki Water Resource User Association.
Dr. Mordecai Gives a Talk in Arlington (U.S.A)
ABCG BB: "Elephants in the Room": the need to "out"
Dr. Mordecai Ogada, Executive Director, Laikipia Wildlife Forum
Please join Dr. Mordecai for a brown bag presentation
Dr. Ogada will talk about the challenges that "dog" African conservation and how they are perceived. He will explore the origins of the sector in Kenya and look at how those origins have contributed to its current difficulties.
Forest Management Strategy for Laikipia County ( 2013 – 2023)
LWF is developing a Forest Conservation Strategy for Laikipia County. This will act as a guide to forest management activities in Laikipia and aim to contribute positively and effectively towards conservation of the Ewaso ecosystem.
KETRACO Releases Map of Proposed Power-line Route
The photos below were sent to LWF by KETRACO – the company contracted to oversee the implementation of the Kenya Ethiopia Powerline. The photos give an idea of what the proposed DC powerline structures will look like. These are not the images of what the final DC line will look like – they just serve as a guideline. The proposed powerline will cut across sections of Laikipia affecting the regions wilderness brand of tourism while also posing a threat to Laikipia’s tourism product.