By the year 2030, the FORUM will have established these four components as a regular part of its secretariat functions, supporting the implementation and contributions to the tools and outputs described here, through their partnerships and associations.
Conservation Land Trust
With the assistance of The Nature Conservancy, The FORUM examined the role that a land trust, easements, and alternative land conservation instruments might play in the long-term future of Laikipia. While still in its infant stages, the potential for a new institution could be used to protect key parcels of the landscape, and help to ensure the contiguity and connectivity of rangelands for wildlife. The Conservation Land Trust could also be used to ensure Laikipia maintains maximum public benefits from private lands. The instrument would primarily be designed to offer landowners an opportunity to leave their land in conservation status for perpetuity. This offers an important tool in a landscape characterized by minimal succession planning and an unsure tenure future. It is also a potential tool in support of the conservancy movement, for abandoned parcels, and for trust lands without a clear and confident future. The Central Laikipia and Lewa/Borana landscape models are two emerging examples of a “land trust approach” to the sustainability of rangelands in Laikipia. We must look to substantiate and support these models.
In addition to playing a secretariat role to members/ associates, the Forum intends to increase the scope and scale of its offering at the Forum’s Nanyuki compound.
Within the next three years, the Forum will expand the facilities and services to include additional office space, GIS services, library, and meeting/training hall for its members. The Laikipia Center for Landscape Conservation and Education will be such a facility.
Key partnerships working to support these theme are the LFA, LCA, Counties of Laikipia, Meru, Nyandarua, Samburu, Isiolo, Nyeri; Mpala Research Center, NRT, KWS, KFS, WRA, Space for Giants, Mount Kenya Trust