LWF has received USD 250, 000 from USAID to develop a 5 year strategic plan aimed at defining a clear direction for the Forum for the next 5 years, as well as to strengthen its membership. LWF has also requested additional support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) that will go towards the development and completion of the strategic plan. The total funding received will also be used for programmes development, support reform for conservation efforts to match present and future needs as well as ensuring that members have interactive platforms to participate in the development of the forum.
For the past 17 years, most of LWF’s activities have been supported by donors such as USAID and EKN, as well as from membership fees. This model is unsustainable, and therefore, the strategic planning process will also address sustainable funding together with conservation of natural resources, wildlife management and sustainable and effective ways of working with governments; both at the County and National level. The strategic planning process begun with the formation of a task force that is headed by LWF’s Executive Director; Peter Hetz.
Laikipia is amongst Kenya’s most recognised counties for the conservation of natural resources, and LWF aims at playing a significant role in conservation through its membership.
The strategic planning process will take 8 months with implementation taking place in several stages. Stay tuned to Focus Forum for updates on this.