Better Environmental Education through Teacher Engagement – the LWF way!

Young minds in Laikipia are being transformed in the best possible setting and in a way that provides hands on experiential learning with a conservation focus!

Joshua, Tourism education officer Ol Pejeta Conservancy presenting who is OPC? And linkages with education.

Joshua, Tourism education officer Ol Pejeta Conservancy presenting who is OPC? And linkages with education.

Recently, and, with the generous support of USAID and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, LWF’s Environmental Education Program successfully held a familiarisation and orientation workshop that gave teachers the skills and support to carry out successful environmental learning field trips – everything from preparation, to implementation, to post evaluation activities.

The teachers who attended the 2-day workshop were introduced to key concepts used in the delivery of environmental education such as the use of audio visual equipment, short videos, flip charts, and graphics.

Ol-Pejeta Conservancy, a close partner of LWF, and a leader in Environmental Education in Kenya, was selected as the focal point mode for the excursions.

LWF’s Environmental Education Programme delivers innovative Environmental Educational experiences to approximately 1,320 school children and 120 teachers and adults every year.

For over 10 years, approximately 13,000 students and over 1,000 teachers have directly benefitted from LWF’s education bus programme. The more than 415 trips made by the signature bus has covered an area of about 10,000 sq km to rural and remote areas in Laikipia. Field trips are made to conservancies in order to support students’ learning in both theoretical and practical ways. These trips are used to raise awareness about the environment and conservation.

Teachers on visit to OPC chimp’s nature trail

Teachers on visit to OPC chimp’s nature trail

Teachers are extremely important in the success of LWF’s Education Programme. During these familiarisation and orientation workshops, they receive practical skills, as well as the opportunity to discuss and brainstorm with associates in the areas of conservation education.

Jackson Njari presenting LWF education program

Jackson Njari presenting LWF education program

Emily Mbugua, from Education Beyond Borders and resource person, cleverly engaged teachers through various post evaluation methods.

This was LWF’s 8th training specifically designed for Laikipia teachers in the area of Environmental Education and as a direct result both teachers and students have better experiences during field trips. Both are far better prepared and teachers are better at giving students a richer learning experience through the adoption of different methodologies and tools.

As the empowerment of the next generation of conservationists continue, LWF, together with its Donors and partners, look forward to reaching even more young minds through its Environmental Education Programme.

RHINO RETURN TO SAMBURU

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Like-ipa? We Love it!

You would be hard pressed to find a destination in East Africa quite like Laikipia! With its community tourism, high-end destination spots, popular venues, unique wildlife and the magic that the mountain brings – tourism here is undoubtedly one Kenya’s most treasured gems.

Visitors and Laikipians don’t just like the place…………..they love it! And now, the future of tourism in Laikipia looks a whole lot brighter! The Laikipia County Government and Laikipia Wildlife Forum (LWF) are now set to move forward on the final draft of the County’s Tourism Bill and 10 year Tourism Master Plan (2015 – 2025) that details strategic recommendations for the County Government as well as business and community partners that support Laikipia’s tourism sector. During a retreat in the Loldaiga Hills Ranch on Monday, May 11, the Laikipia County Tourism Task Force completed their last review of the Tourism Bill. They also took their first “bite” of the draft Tourism Master Plan, produced by LWF.

The Tourism Bill is the product of a draft legislation introduced by the County last year, and is the very first example of a County Tourism Bill in Kenya! LWF, together with the County Government conducted a set of consultations to better inform the public about the development of the bill. The latest draft includes this public input and is reflective of the dedication of the Tourism Task Force to see the bill implemented. The County Tourism Bill must now be approved by the County Executive Committee then to the County Assembly for reading. The Tourism Task Force and the County Government are confident that the bill will become law by the end of June. The Tourism Bill calls for the development of a Laikipia Tourism Master Plan. In anticipation of this provision, LWF has been working with County Government to draft a master plan that can be reviewed by the tourism industry, tourism actors in Laikipia, the business and investment community. The first draft of this Master Plan was reviewed by the Task Force this past Monday – and SUSTAINABLE TOURISM is the forefront.

World Wide Views (WWViews) on Climate and Energy

On June 6, 2015, thousands of citizens around the world will participate in a global event, “World Wide Views (WWViews) on Climate and Energy”. This is a global citizen consultation forum that provides unique information on the views of ordinary citizens on how to deal with climate change and accelerate an energy transition.  The results from this exercise will be collated and presented to national policy makers, at pre COP 21 meetings and COP 21 to be held in Paris from 30th November to 11th December 2015.

This will provide a critical platform for citizens’ views to be presented in a cogent manner and enhance the spirit of inclusivity in the COP 21 deliberations.

The National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND) has been appointed as the national implementing agency and is working in close collaboration with Alladin Concepts, Kenya Climate Change Working Group (KCCWG), Green Africa Foundation (GAF), ReNewGen and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to implement the first citizen consultation forum on climate and energy in Kenya on June 6, 2015. This meeting will be attended by 150 participants from all counties in the Republic of Kenya. You will be notified of the venue in due course.

The purpose of this brief is request participation through awareness creation to various stakeholders. We would encourage participation from as many Kenyans as possible. Applications forms are available via the following link: http://www.netfund.go.ke/world-wide-views-kenya/

Kindly note that NETFUND will share the analysed results of this forum with stakeholders.

In case you need any clarification do not hesitate to contact NETFUND.

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Invitation to Attend and Exhibit at the 1st Edition of Laikipia County Investment Conference & Trade Fair.

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H.E Governor Joshua Irungu and the County Investment Conference Steering Committee have the pleasure of inviting your organization to the 1st Edition of Laikipia County Investment Conference and Trade Fair Exhibition to be held on 18th-19th June 2015 at Nanyuki Golf Club grounds, Nanyuki.

The conference themed “Marketing Laikipia County as an oasis of opportunities” is expected to unlock the county great potential and present it as a viable investment destination. The Kenya Transition Authority ranks Laikipia as the 5th County in terms of wealth potential while New York Times ranked Laikipia number Nineteen (19) among Fifty Two (52) places to go in 2014. Set against backdrop of Mt. Kenya, Laikipia is one of the most important areas for biodiversity in Kenya and has abundant and diverse wildlife, with the highest population of endangered species in the country. It has good climate, massive arable land and is home for Thomson Falls and hippo sanctuary.

The conference will feature discussion forums on various investment opportunities and available incentives for investments in Agriculture, Tourism, Health, Infrastructure, Education, Sports, Culture and Social Services, Mining, Housing, Trade and Industrialization among others. Further, the conference will explore various financing model which includes:-Direct private sector investment in which the county government plays a strategic facilitation role to lay the framework for private sector investment in various investment areas.

  • Public Private Partnership in which the county government has limited and minority stakes.
  • Limited Liability Company arrangements with strategic investor holding majority shares and other minority shareholding investors and possible listing at National Stock Exchange.
  • Explore leveraging potential and related arrangement on Build-Own and Transfer (BOT); Build-Own-Operate and Transfer (BOOT) and direct capital injection.

In addition, the county will demonstrate its commitment to ready and serious investors by signing relevant MoUs and agreements.

In this regard, the county wishes to invite your organization to attend and participate in the conference exhibition to show case of various products and services that your organization offer. The charges for exhibition are Kshs 100,000/= (One Hundred Thousand) and will be accompanied by a benefit value pack as shown on the attached general exhibition pack.

We kindly request you to contact our Conference consultants Prestige Management Solutions Limited on Telephone no: +254-20-3343914/0722758456; or via email address: info@prestigemanagement.netor prestigemngt2003@yahoo.com for reservation and any other details on or before 30th May 2015.

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