Socioeconomic & Community Livelihood
AET’s socioeconomic programme focuses is driven by the appreciation that sustainable conservation can only be attainable if the community is actively involved as partners and derive tangible socioeconomic benefits.
The programme comprises three focal areas: community partnerships and education, community conservancies support, and rangelands management and restoration.
Community Partnerships and Education
The Amboseli Ecosystem is indigenous to the Maasai, who are pastoralists and thus collectively rely on the greater ecosystem. Ownership of projects by the local communities is, therefore, central to AET’s success. AET ensures community involvement and representation through community groups, such as the community rangers association and the grazing committees. These groups are in charge of implementing the collective decisions of the community on matters such as pasture management.
As a grassroots organization, AET educates the community on conservation-based enterprises and legislative developments and implications relating to natural resources in the ecosystem, such as the Wildlife Act 2013 and the Community Land Act 2016. AET also aids in clarifying misconceptions on community conservation.
Community Conservancies Support
Community conservancies safeguard wildlife and their habitats while supporting the Maasai pastoral way of life.
AET works with partners such as Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA) to assist landowners on contiguous land, who have already set aside considerable tracts of pastoral land for conservation efforts, to develop management plans and pursue becoming legally registered.
Being legally tenable enables the conservancies to legally partner with private sector players and explore tourism ventures and nature-based enterprises.
Rangelands Management and Restoration
AET’s rangelands programme focuses on pasture management and rangelands restoration in a quest to reverse desertification, expand the grasslands available for livestock and wildlife, and improve the overall ecological health and resilience of the ecosystem.
The programme is hinged on the appreciation that healthy ecosystems and healthy communities are co-dependent.
It brings together the local community and habitat partners through campaigns such as the Bringing Back Grasses and Forest Cover Campaign, a joint partnership between AET and Justdiggit Foundation.
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