Cultural and Tourism Background stories for Africa to share and debate during our Lab Session How to leverage the benefits of culture for sustainable development?” the 3rd of June from 18h00 to 19h15 organized for the EUDEVDAYS2015.
The Lab Session includeS a session with Keynote Speakers and four discussion groups led through the interactive method ‘Barcamp’. FEST , UNESCO and the Roots Events moderate the discussion group: Cultural Heritage and Sustainable tourism.
Within this framework we are promoting some key experiences, stories, projects from our partners active in Africa.
Today we wish to present the project“Capacity Building for community managed wildlife areas in Kenya” developed in Kenya by our partner The Intasave Partnership.
Tourism supports about 12% of Kenya’s economy. The country has been losing more than half of her wildlife resources in the last three decades hence threatening the tourism industry. Communities and land owners that depend on the diminishing natural resources base face growing poverty. With more than 70% of wildlife outside state protected areas, community conservancies are crucial to the survival of the wildlife and the tourism sectors and represent an opportunity for communities to benefit from tourism and business opportunities while protecting the resources that are key to their survival. Following 20 years of experimentation by communities and landowners, conservancies have become the preferred avenue for securing land rights, settling resource use conflicts, pasture management, drought management strategy and an avenue for creating institutions that support benefit sharing and enterprise development. The movement has grown from 4 conservancies in the early 1990s to 150 today covering 15 million acres and spread in 19 Counties.
The ability for conservancies to deliver community and environmental benefits is however currently limited by a weak policy environment, institutional weaknesses, and lack of coordination to upscale innovations. Inadequate knowledge on the technical aspects of establishing conservancies has remained a bottle neck to adoption of the conservancy concept.
The overall goal of the project is to develop partnerships and tools that will enable Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA) to share knowledge and experiences with local and international organizations that have a similar mandate.