Laikipia Wildlife Forum also referred to as LWF, is a dynamic membership led conservation organization supporting, coordinating and facilitating conservation and natural resource management initiatives within the greater Laikipia Landscape.
We provide a platform for dialogue for a cross section of land owners and land users including local community groups, private ranchers, pastoralists, small-scale farmers and tourism ventures.
Our mantra of “Forumness” calls on us to bring people together to work on matters relevant to natural resource management. LWF provides a platform for people to find solutions to common problems. This is what makes it unique and is the origin of Laikipia Wildlife Forum.
To realize a productive, healthy and robust Upper Ewaso landscape that supports livelihoods and healthy populations of wildlife.
To nurture and support stakeholder institutions that champion wildlife conservation and sustainable natural resources management in the greater Laikipia landscape.
Laikipia Wildlife Forum (LWF) is an organization in Laikipia, Kenya, that has been dedicated to natural resource conservation eﬀorts for over 25 years. The organization began as a membership organization supporting wildlife utilization in the early 1990s and grew to reinforce the beneﬁts of community-based natural resources management in the landscape.
LWF’s membership has grown from an original membership of just ranches to a membership in the thousands comprised of more smallholders and pastoralists, schools, tourism facility owners, and other corporate institutions.
LWF has played a crucial role in leading exercises resulting in landscape management plans for wildlife, water, and forests, as well as supporting devolution. The success of the wildlife conservation model in Laikipia can be attributed to private land commitments, with almost 2/3 of the greater Laikipia landscape contributing to wildlife conservation and rangelands as an underlying land use.
LWF works to bring sound technical solutions to common land use and conservation challenges, and it aims to link public and private services and funding to Laikipian needs, both internally and with neighboring communities. The Forum has alternately played an advocacy and policy advisory role as well as an implementation role for Laikipian citizens, non-proﬁt organizations, and county and the national government.