Natural Resource Management
The Amboseli Ecosystem is an intricate ecosystem connected by fragile ecological corridors. These corridors are under increased threat from bushmeat poaching, water abstraction and habitat conversion due to the rise in land fragmentation and unplanned land use, coupled with heavy grazing pressure and recurrent drought.
AET’s natural resources management programme seeks to tackle these massive threats though three focal areas: the ecosystem plan, community rangers and improved human-wildlife coexistence.
AET started off by overseeing and coordinating the implementation of the Amboseli Ecosystem Management Plan (AEMP) 2008–18, the first ecosystem-wide management plan in the country.
The organization then evolved by spearheading the development of the subsequent AEMP 2020–30, which integrates the land use in the key geographical unit in the ecosystem, namely: the six group ranches that constitute the Amboseli Ecosystem (Olgululuii/Lolarashi, Mbirikani, Eselengei, Kuku, Rombo and ALOCA, formely Kimana) and the Amboseli National Park.
AET spearheads the coordination and execution of this groundbreaking, multi-sectoral plan that outlines how the different land uses and rich natural resources in the Amboseli Ecosystem can be sustainably managed for the benefit of all.
Since its inception in 2003, the Amboseli Tsavo Community Wildlife Rangers Association has been at the forefront in safeguarding the wildlife and habitats on community land through daily patrols to monitor activity, gather intelligence and intercept any illegal activity.
In 2019, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) established the Team Lioness, a group of women community wildlife rangers from Olgulului-Ololarrashi Group Ranch (OOGR), in our joint effort to enhance community engagement in wildlife management.
AET works with partners such as IFAW to support the community rangers, including equipping them through training and acquisition of advanced radio communication system to enhance their work.
Great success has been achieved in addressing a variety of threats to and from wildlife in the Amboseli Ecosystem. This has resulted in the ecosystem boasting of being one of the few wildlife-rich landscapes in Kenya where zero poaching incidents have been reported in the last five years.
This significant achievement can be attributed to the growing positive attitude of the local community towards wildlife plus the exemplary work of the homegrown Amboseli-Tsavo Community Wildlife Rangers Association.
To ensure we can keep up with the increasing and ever-changing threats to human-wildlife coexistence, AET is leading the way in adopting a more hands-on approach that includes the development of the Human-Wildlife Coexistence Rapid Response Protocol.
This proactive approach seeks to counter the historical reactive response to human-wildlife conflicts, which was deemed to be slow and failed to factor in the views of the local community, leading to community mistrust of wildlife management authorities.
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