A community conservancy is a piece of land that has been set aside by the community for wildlife protection and other sustainable land uses that can lead to improved livelihoods. Conservancies provide crucial habitat and connection for the iconic species that fuel Kenya’s tourism sector, with 65 percent of the country’s wildlife living outside of government-protected areas.
Under the Kenya Wildlife Act of 2013, conservancies are now a recognized land use, making them an enticing land use alternative for communities because they provide better land and resource rights as well as access to incentives. Ecotourism and other enterprises generate funds for community development projects such as enhanced educational access through new schools and scholarships, as well as improved healthcare access.
From the vast northern rangelands to the Amboseli region along the Tanzanian border to the Indian Ocean’s beachfront, Kenya boasts over 100 community conservancies scattered across 15 million acres. More communities, on the other hand, are keen for help in building conservancies for themselves in order to enhance their livelihoods and ensure that future generations benefit from wildlife in the same way that they do now.
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