As members of LWF know, USAID and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands have supported 7 and 5 years of Holistic Manangement (HM) in Laikipia respectively. The HM activities were managed by Natural Capital, a contractor to the Forum, and focused on the Group Ranch communities of northern Laikipia.
In 2013, with the assistance of the Kenya Markets Trust (KMT), a baseline was established in order to help measure the impacts of the HM approach. The efforts were supported by household surveys, focus group discussions, and bio-physical transects. The results were published in the LWF Newsletter July 2013.
With the support of KMT, the baseline is being revisited to see if the last 2 years, and the last seven years, have resulted in any change. Enumerators supervised by LWF rangelands management staff and funded by KMT are visiting all 13 group ranches in Laikipia. 5 of those group ranches (Il Ngwesi, Makurian, Munishoi, Il Pole and Il Motiok) were subjects of the 2013 survey and received substantial support from Natural Capital. The other 8 group ranches are being surveyed this year for any spill-over acceptance of HM practices, and to set a new baseline.
The exercise will conclude in August, after the team joins with NRT to examine the impacts of their HM in two conservancies where it has been tried – Kalama and Westgate.
Results should be available in September, and will help guide further LWF and NRT investments in HM as land use, pasture management, conservation, and good governance tools.