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EMU SACCO-EWASO MAJI USERS SAVINGS AND CREDIT COOPERATIVE SOCIETY LTD

THE NEW-OLD SOLUTION TO WATER SECURITY

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The Ewaso Maji Users Association (EMU SACCO), the newest innovation by MKEWP – Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership, is working to enhance water security for communities through financial solutions for Laikipia farmers

As part of MKEWP’s goal to improve water security in the Ewaso River Basin, EMU-SACCO has been developed to finance water investments at farm level. The water crisis in the Ewaso River Basin has been a never-ending challenge for our communities, too often accompanied by conflicts among the people.

Unreliable dry season river flows have led to general misuse of the already limited resource. This situation pits communities against each other, and puts a lot of them at a disadvantage.

To ease pressure on the already limited resource, MKEWP wants to increase and accelerate innovate water financing for water investment at farm level.

EMU SACCO is a community-based financier that supports farmers access to finances for household level investment in water harvesting, storage and efficient used. We encourage water users to be self-reliant and to invest in on-farm and community water conservation infrastructure.

 

Our objects are to:

  • Bridge financial gaps in water investment.
  • Provide a savings platform for water users
  • Offer a borrowing fund to help water users finance water storage and efficient use.
  • Promote water conservation within the Ewaso Basin.

WHY WE ARE DIFFERENT.

  • We offer affordable and flexible rates.
  • We provide linkages between water users and modern technology service providers.
  • We aim at economic improvement of livelihoods of water users.
  • Link farmers to markets and business opportunities.

EMU-SACCO offers a revolutionary approach to water sustainability in our communities. We use a well-known Kenya credit and savings tool to accelerate solutions and ownership to our water conservation and management challenges.

EMU-SACCO is hosted by the Mount Kenya Water Partnership (MKEWP). Our offices are located at the Laikipia Forum premises in Nanyuki.

Join us – we are 50 members strong already. Please stop by for a visit and become a member!!

 

 

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Stakeholders Meeting on Opuntia stricta Management at Twala Cultural Manyatta, Ilpolei

Opuntia Stricta – prickly pear – remains an invasive species threat in Laikipia. Laikipia County Government has been in the forefront of discussions on how to address this invasive species. On February 22, 2019, the County Department of Water, Environment and Natural Resources, led the third follow-up stakeholder workshop to agree a way forward on the harmonization of the efforts different stakeholders are making towards management of Opuntia stricta.

The meeting was attended by different Laikipia and national stakeholders including community members from the group ranches most severely impacted by the plant, the Laikipia Wildlife Forum, ICRAF, Mpala Research Centre, World Vision, Laikipia Perma-Culture Center, Laikipia County Government, the Northern Rangelands Trust, Naibunga Conservancy, ILMAMUSI CFA, and GSD Innovation. Also in attendance at the meeting was the MCA for Mukogodo East Ward, Hon. Daniel Nyausi, who is also the Deputy Speaker of the County Assembly of Laikipia. He assured full County support to the invasive species management efforts. He also requested for a briefing paper to be presented to the County Assembly for lobbying of a County Policy on invasive species, and for the allocation of more budget for interventions in the 2019/2020 financial year.

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Meeting proceedings at Twala Cultural Manyatta

The major resolutions of the meeting included the combination of mechanical control, biological control, enterprise and policy formulation in the management of the invasive species. Laikipia County Government will continue to coordinate all the activities from the different stakeholders in the management of the invasive species. Stakeholders pledged to maintain frequent engagements and coordination in the management of the invasive species.

 

UPDATE!!

LWF is the recipient of a new grant through USAID and the Regional Center for Mapping Resources for Development (RCMRD). The grant will be administered by LWF and support the County’s efforts to monitor the Opuntia eradication efforts with the engagement of citizen science. The grant will commence in April 2019. Stand by for regular updates!

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Changing the Narrative on Wildlife Conservation: Kenyan Conservancies Speak Out!

Communications experts and practitioners working in Kenyan Conservancies across the country unanimously agreed to work in a coordinated manner to change the negative narrative that has for too long time engulfed the conservation space.

This collaborative action was agreed at the first Conservation Communication Forum organized by Kenya Wildlife Service and Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association on 7th March 2019, at the African Wildlife Foundation. The forum brought together communication practitioners from over 20 conservancies in the country with an aim of brain-storming ways to correct the apparent “communication disconnect in Kenyan wildlife conservation” as well as create collective action and harmony to ensure that our national conservation effort is projected to the world with an improved perspective and through various media channels.

Communication experts listen in to the KWS Ag. Director General Prof. Charles Musyoki while delivering his speech at the Conservation Communications Forum in Nairobi

The negative publicity around conservation was majorly attributed to the competitive nature of conservancies for donor funding.  As a result, success stories such as: women shattering the conservation “glass ceiling”; the downturn in poaching; the recovery of vulnerable species; and the fact that Kenyans are at the helm of conservation; these themes barely see the light of day. In addition, seldom do the individual efforts of conservancies contribute to the national and international perspectives and messaging so important to the emerging national narrative on conservancies. Read more

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Christmas and New Year Message From Us!

 

To all our friends, stakeholders, and partners,

We wish all the good tidings of this holiday season, and thank you for your support. This is a special time of year to give thanks and to reflect on the accomplishments of 2018, and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

The new Forum continues to take shape, and our partners the Laikipia Tourism Association and the LAICONAR – Laikipia County Natural Resources Network, have already taken up residence at the Forum’s compound. They join the very active Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership here.

There are important revisions to the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act that impact the County Wildlife Conservation and Compensation Committees. We’ll give you an update early in the new year on the implications for our area.

With the addition of our new partners, the new Forum Board will hold its first meeting in 2019, forging a more Inclusive and representative conservation action network for the Greater Laikipia Landscape.

So from all our partners:

  • Laikipia Farmers Association
  • LAICONAR
  • MKEWP
  • County Wildlife Conservation and Compensation Committee
  • Laikipia Association of Conservation Educators (LACE)
  • Laikipia Regional Conservancies
  • Oromat Lenabiosho Cooperative Society, and
  • Laikipia Tourism Association

We take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very Peaceful Christmas, and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

Chairman

The Laikipia Forum

P.S. The Forum’s offices are closed for business between December 22 and January 7, 2019.

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Kenya’s Wildlife Conservation Status Report for 2015-2017

 

HERE is the Nation’s “ National Wildlife Conservation Status Report for 2015-2017”. To our knowledge, this is the first of these reports, mandated by the Wildlife Act of 2013. This report forms part of the Government’s “audit” of the wildlife sector and its performance relative to conservation, and an array of endangered and threatened species listed in the Act.

For those interested, the Report outlines the major threats to wildlife species and conservation – and unsurprisingly,  encroachment and poaching top the list supplemented by infrastructure development and invasive species. Wildlife disease is also cited as a growing threat.

While the Report will not surprise you, it is the first major baseline against which we can hold our wildlife authorities and ourselves accountable. Combine this Report with the pending release of the National Wildlife Policy, the recently released National Wildlife Strategy, the soon-to-be released National Wildlife Conservation Agenda for the next 5 years, the Report on Consumptive Wildlife Use, and we may just be realizing the tools to release the log-jam that has blocked dynamic conservation action in this country for too long.

 

Stay Informed! Keep Engaged!

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Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Fauna & Flora, and MKEWP Joined in Support of Mutara Communities

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Chief of Mutara Location speaks to residents during a meeting to resolve water crisis and conflicts between downstream and upstream water users in the area. The meeting was organised by partnership of Water Resource Authority, Ol Pejeta, MKEWP and WRUA members.

 Over the last few months, this partnership has hosted a series of engagements with WRUA members in Mutara and Suguroi Sub-Catchments of the Ewaso Basin.

The partnership is tackling issues related to water conflicts. They have also offered training of WRUA members on water conservation and management, focusing on a more equitable supply of water between upper and lower catchment water users.

Moreover, the partnership has focused on the mandatory development of the Sub-Catchment Management Plans , and is pushing for more women to participate in the management of water resources actively.

These partners are working together with the Water Resource Authority (WRA), Water Resources User Associations (WRUA), project committees and pastoral communities in the two catchments.

Water Crisis

A significant increase of acreage under irrigation and over-abstraction from users in all the zones of Mutara have contributed to conflicts between users in the upper and lower zones. This over-abstraction is causing conflicts with down-stream water users. In water crisis meetings held since September 2018, the partnership:

  • Developed water rationing plans prior to dry months, when most water conflict occur.
  • Supported Smart Water Agriculture – Farmers are helped to adopt modern farming technologies to reduce water wastage.
  • Supported a Ksh 10,000 fine on Community Water Projects that go against rationing plans and other regulations agreed on between the WRA and WRUAs.

Training of Community Members

Over 80 WRUA members have been trained on different aspects of water conservation, smart water agriculture, and good governance.

More specifically, farmers in the catchment now have access to a simple manual in line with the current agricultural policy used by the water and extension officers of the County to train farmers.

MKEWP has also facilitated farmers from Mutara-Suguroi to visit model farms in three counties (Laikipia, Nyeri and Meru) to learn about Smart Water Agriculture and market-based solutions.

Mutara WRUA member speaks during a meeting organized by MKEWP to train the community on catchment protection and sensitize them on the 2016 Water Act.

Mutara Sub-Catchment Management Plan

Finally, plans to develop the Mutara Sub-Catchment Management Plan (SCMP), by March 2019 are underway.

In its preparation, WRA, with help from Ol Pejeta Conservancy, conducted an abstraction survey while MKEWP commissioned a river study for the Mutara River. These two studies will come in handy in the development of the final plan. The SCMPs guide the management and maintenance of the sub-catchment by communities.

In 2019 MKEWP will continue to work with Fauna & Flora International (FFI), Ol Pejeta Conservancy (OPC) in the Mutara area on the Cattle, Water and Wildlife in Laikipia.

Laikipia Cattle, Water and Wildlife Project is funded by the Darwin Initiative through UK Government funding.

The project is implemented with partnership of FFI, Ol Pejeta Conservancy and LWF through Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership (MKEWP)

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Destination Laikipia To Offer Fresh Leisure, Living, Learning and Loving Laikipia Experience

Laikipia offers diverse, wild and personal tourism experiences and the new platform is a new gateway!

The County Government and the Laikipia Tourism Association (LTA) have reached an agreement on the management of a promotional-booking website (Destination Laikipia) a platform that is dedicated to boost tourism and investments in the County.

The new website is designed to be a one-stop shop for Laikipia destinations, investments, company promotion, and living. The tourism component will  let potential travelers book and make payment for a wide variety of  tourism experiences. This is also the first time any county will have a one-stop booking platform for private properties in its landscape.

In the agreement, LTA will manage the platform making it easy for its membership to feature their properties, package their offerings, and advertise major upcoming events.

Are you interested to visit and enjoy the wild and personal experiences of Laikipia? Through the platform, you will get recommendations for holidays with discounted rates, and efficient reservations, as well as regular updates on travel information in the County.

This is a boost to the County’s tourism promotion and private sector support, and will greatly contribute to tourism growth in the Laikipia landscape.

There are many Laikipia tourism investments/properties that are expected to be the major beneficiaries of this new development as they will get a platform for direct booking services and marketing of their destinations.

The development of Destination Laikipia’s new platform is in its final stage.

We encourage tourism service providers in Laikipia to sign on with the LTA in order to enjoy this new marketing and promotion platform for tourism in the Greater Laikipia Landscape.

For LTA Membership and inquiries, contact LTA Secretary John King’ori

Email: john.kingori@laikipia.org

Cell: +254 714 797 931

 

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Cross-county efforts to spur economic development in region

AMAYA TRIANGLE

A member contributes during the regional workshop in Rumuruti

Everyone knows the National Disaster Emergency Agency (NDMA) as the organization leading the Government’s commitment to ending drought emergencies in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) of Kenya. They are responsible for the monthly monitoring of conditions and early warning signs of drought in the Country. They guide drought preparedness and emergency relief.

The AMAYA Triangle Initiative (ATI) is the result of the collective intentions of 4 Counties and their Governors to bring peace, stability and economic development to the four corners of Baringo, Laikipia, Isiolo and Samburu Counties.

In a welcome partnership, the NDMA and ATI are leading this 4-county initiative.  At a regional workshop in Rumuruti at the beginning of October, representatives and partners from Baringo (Amaya ward), Laikipia (Sosian ward), Samburu (Seguta Marmar ward), and Isiolo (Ol Donyiro ward), completed the preliminary designs of development activities designed to turn these areas into a livestock enterprise zone – a tool in efforts to stabilize and bring economic development to this region.

We can expect project designs to be supported through the NDMA/European Union and procurement activities to begin early in 2018. Early activities for the ATI include water and livestock development, infrastructure, and more cross-county talks aimed at enhancing collaboration and cooperation.

The Forum is supporting design efforts alongside the County NMDA and County Steering Group.

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Good Neighbours

Communities have been meeting to improve relations and develop local partnerships that have mutual benefits for involved parties

The communities to the North and East of Ole Naishu have been working with a membership organization (Oramat Lenaboisho) in the Laikipia east landscape to bring about better communication and more regular collaboration in the neighbourhood.

Working with the support of the FORUM and Borana Conservancy, Oramat has been leading the formation of community groups to discuss issues of grazing, security, employment and reconciliation of past grievances.

Two community groups (committees) have been appointed (one from Makurian and one from Chumvi) to serve as the interface between Ole Naishu and its neighbours.

These efforts are designed to bring about improved relations and to develop local partnerships that have mutual benefits for the Ranch and its neighbours.