Community Conservancy Programme
The development and stewardship of self-governing, community-led wildlife conservancies to improve the safety and wellbeing of marginalized communities living in and surrounding the the conservation areas through diversifying livelihoods, initiating conservation based enterprises and improving access to healthcare and education.
One of three programmes of work for Tsavo Trust, the Community Conservancy Program provides a stewardship role in developing self-governing, community-led wildlife conservancies in specific key targeted areas within the Tsavo Conservation Area.
This program also includes the fostering of partnerships with other organisations already working in support of wildlife, habitats and communities in the Tsavo ecosystem with the aim of combating wildlife crime and enhancing biodiversity and better land management. Through this, we endeavour to create secure buffers bordering the formal Protected Areas (PA) and at the same time, generate economic opportunities for marginalised communities that have historically not benefited from living on the boundary of a National Park but instead have faced serious and constant Human Wildlife Conflict (HWC) resulting in a negative perception towards wildlife. In 2016 Tsavo Trust’s Community Liaison Officer (CLO) recorded 232 incidents (averaging 19 per month) of HWC in this area.
This maps shows the Tsavo Conservation Area (TCA) comprising Chyulu Hills, Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks in green (area of 24,000 km squared).
Kamungi Conservancy is shown in orange and forms the northern buffer to the Tsavo East – Triangle section. The triangle is a critical linkage area between Tsavo East and Tsavo West. People from the WaKamba community live in this location.
Tsavo Trust HQ is situated within Kamungi Conservancy.
The planned Dakota Conservancy is shown in pink and forms the vital area bordering onto the south-eastern boundary of Tsavo East. The forgotten Waatha community live in this location. This southern area of Tsavo East National Park has, at times, the highest density of elephants in Tsavo.
Tsavo Trust - experience and understanding in the Community Conservancy Model:
Tsavo Trust’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Richard Moller, worked for 11 years at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (LWC) managing the wildlife and security departments as Deputy Director. Over this time, the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) was established out of LWC’s Community Department, with NRT growing to become the model for community conservation in East Africa. Richard was highly involved in establishing and developing NRT and all that it stands for in those early years, giving him a firm understanding of the “Community Conservancy Model”. Tsavo Trust's Community Conservancy Programme seeks to emulate these models in specific locations around the Tsavo Ecosystem through stewardship and development of Kamungi and Dakota Conservancies.