Pestilence and disease are scary. We face both right now with fresh clouds of desert locusts entering the country and a Corona Virus that has circled the world in less than a year, already killing more than 2 million people.
Our conservation response has been characterized by a scramble to cut costs, reduce labor, secure fences, and just “hold the fort”. Fundraising appeals have been full of urgency. The absence of tourism has seriously challenged our conservation and community, conservation model.
What’s the future for our Kenyan conservation model? Are we still boxed by conventional thinking, or are we using the pandemic to select some new strategies to secure the future of our natural world?
We are challenging our readers to provide their thoughts on the future of the Laikipia landscape in the face of the pandemic, the pestilence, and climate change. 10 years after devolution, Laikipia County still needs a spatial (land use) plan to guide land use and investments.
Perhaps this will be the year, and the decade, for “out of the box” thinking about how wildlife, land use, and natural resources are addressed in a holistic manner? Perhaps this is the time to take stock and to reflect on how we work with nature rather than ignore it?
Your comments and contributions are welcome here