The Wildlife Conservation and Management Act, 2013 Promulgation of Subsidiary Legislation

On 24th and 25th February 2015 Laikipia Wildlife Forum (LWF) participated in public consultation meetings held in Isiolo and Nyeri respectively. More than 90 participants eager to give views turned up in both counties expressing noticeable interest in the areas of Regulations on Compensation, Wildlife Security and Access, Incentives and Benefit Sharing.

Public participation has become an essential part of implementing sustainable governance in wildlife conservation which has enhanced transparency, accountability as well as given much needed guidance to conservation. This is a global trend and Kenya is quickly adopting this best practice in an effort to ensure that the country’s irreplaceable wildlife heritage is preserved. It is in this respect that KWS has been conducting public hearings to get the views and opinions of the public concerning the subsidiary regulations. These regulations will guide the implementation of the new Wildlife Conservation and Management Act, 2013 (WCMA) which came into force on January 10th 2014. These subsidiary regulations include Bio-Prospecting; Regulations on Compensation; Regulation of effective management of Wetlands; Wildlife Research; Access, Incentives and Benefit Sharing and Wildlife Security Operations.

The increase of wildlife related human fatalities has stimulated the discussion around defining compensation procedures as well as enhancing wildlife security by increasing  the number of rangers, organized patrols, and modern security equipment. It has been put forward that pastoral grazing in the parks and reserves as well as the number of wildlife conservancies should be regulated.

Open dialogue has also meant that the different communities and organizations, both public and private, can air views on complex issues such as those pertaining to land use, pastoralism and environmental conservation. For instance accountability and transparency for the regulation of the effective management of wetlands was a key issue raised during the public consultation meetings held in February. Today it is unclear which of three key organizations namely; Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Water Resource Management Authority (WRMA) and National Environmental Management Authority is responsible for the management of wetlands.

 The Wildlife Conservation and Management Act, 2013 has a total of 23 regulations that need promulgation and KWS as well as LWF are inviting interested members of the public to participate in this important discussion by sending views and comments to regulations@kws.go.ke or to Stephen Nyaga at stephen.nyaga@laikipia.org LWF’s officer liaising with Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association who are facilitating the process.

Call for Applications: SEED Awards 2015

Is your enterprise in a start-up phase and does it integrate social and environmental benefits, solving pressing local issues? Is it women-led? Do you need support to help to establish and grow your enterprise?

If these questions apply to you, you will be pleased to hear that SEED has opened the Call for Applications for the 2015 SEED Awards.

SEED welcomes innovative ideas from any enterprise in a developing country or country in transition, which is working in partnership with others to generate economic, environmental and social benefits. SEED’s independent international jury of experts selects Award Winners, those enterprises that have the greatest promise of making substantial improvements in poverty eradication and environmental sustainability while contributing to a greener economy.

This is a great opportunity for women-led start up enterprises whose activities integrate social and environment benefits. Such enterprises and are members of LWF stand to benefit as LWF will give them technical support in drafting this proposal in the areas of: -pre-assessment/assessment studies, proposal and budget development and review. If you are interested get more information on link below, and if your group meets the threshold required contact the Conservation Enterprise Program Officer via e-mail eric.okwach@laikipia.org

New chairperson for CWCCC

Virginia Wahome, a Senior Community Liaison Officer with the Laikipia Wildlife Forum (LWF), has been appointed chairperson for the County Wildlife Conservation and Compensation Committee (CWCCC) – Laikipia County. CWCCC is set to benefit from Virginia’s wealth of experience that includes fifteen years of active duty addressing human wildlife issues with Laikipia Wildlife Forum.

LWF has a vibrant wildlife program and enjoys tremendous goodwill from National, County as well as international governments as a direct result for the organizations exceptional work in the diverse areas of conservation. Virginia still retains her position with LWF and plans to spearhead CWCCC’s agenda, expanding its portfolio to fit in with multiple key organizational strategies such as that of LWF. “I am really looking forward to working with the various fence committees in planned capacity building exercises. Many local communities today still think that it is impossible to co-exist peacefully with wildlife, but we are here to help change this thinking so as to allow them to play an active role in conservation as well as understand various laws that have been put into place regarding wildlife and conservation” says Virginia.

The Wildlife Conservation and Management Act of 2013 which came into effect on 10January 2014 provides for a County Wildlife Conservation and Compensation Committee (CWCCC) in each of the forty seven (47) Counties as well as a Chairperson who is appointed through a competitive process for each respective CWCCC.

THE FUNCTIONS OF THE CWCCC ARE TO:

  • Implement the registration and establishment of wildlife user rights;
  • Oversee the preparation and implementation of management plans on community and private land;
  • Ensure distribution of benefits derived from the use of wildlife resources;
  • Bring together all relevant stakeholders within the county to actively harness their participation in the planning and implementation of projects and programmes related to the protection, conservation and management of wildlife resources in the county;
  • Review and make appropriate recommendations on ecosystem based management plans produced by the Service;
  • Participate at the county level in land use planning initiatives and in consultation with all relevant stakeholders with particular regard to critical wildlife habitats, corridors and dispersal areas for the better management and conservation of wildlife;
  • Monitor the implementation of management plans for any relevant national park in collaboration with the Service;
  • Develop and implement, in collaboration with community wildlife associations, mechanisms for mitigation of human wildlife conflict;
  • Review and recommend claims resulting from loss or damage caused by wildlife for payment of compensation;
  • Undertake education, extension services and public awareness; and
  • Perform such other functions as the Service may require or delegate to it.