With great pride, we are thrilled to launch Tsavo Trust’s Strategy for 2023-2027!
As the CEO of this remarkable team, I can attest that this is a critical moment for us, marking the first-ever strategic plan since Tsavo Trust’s founding nearly a decade ago. This comprehensive plan – crafted through a deeply inclusive process – will serve as our compass, guiding our actions and efforts in the Tsavo Conservation Area, and shaping our priorities for the next five years.
Tsavo Trust was established with a resolute vision: to be the bedrock of long-term conservation efforts in the vast and critical Tsavo Conservation Area of Kenya. Throughout our journey, partnerships have proven to be indispensable in advancing this mission. As we look ahead, we are committed to deepening these collaborations, particularly with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the Wildlife Training and Research Institute (WRTI), as we join forces to fortify protected area management.
In addition to our partnerships with established organisations, we recognise the immense value of supporting and working hand-in-hand with specific local communities. To this end, we aim to enhance our partnership efforts, empowering these communities to become active participants in the conservation process through the establishment of conservancies. By doing so, they not only protect their land and resources but also reap the countless benefits arising from this transformative conservancy model.
Goal 1: Create effective management and protection of protected areas under the Kenya Wildlife Service
Under this goal, we will aim to collaborate closely with KWS to enhance biodiversity management and coordination in the Tsavo Conservation Area. Strengthening KWS’s role leads to a more secure TCA. The focus areas include supporting wildlife security and human-wildlife conflict mitigation strategies, enhancing protected area management and infrastructure, conducting research and monitoring for improved management, developing and promoting tourism in protected areas, and fostering partnerships that align with KWS and The Wildlife Research and Training Institute’s mandates and needs.
Goal 2: Establish strong and effective community-led conservation and development initiatives
This critical goal focuses on establishing strong community-led conservation and development initiatives in the Tsavo Conservation Area. By working closely with local communities, we’ll help to secure more land for conservation, enhance benefits for people, and create buffers around protected areas. The approach involves building community capacity to drive their own initiatives, promoting self-reliance and resilience. Key objectives include securing land tenure for two conservancies, expanding community conservation through new conservancies, improving governance and management structures, mitigating human-wildlife conflict, enhancing community self-reliance with diversified income streams and tourism promotion, and fostering partnerships to empower target communities. Ultimately, stronger community conservancies contribute to a secure TCA.
Goal 3: Develop a more resilient and robust long-term financing framework for the Tsavo Conservation Area
Here, we aim to establish a resilient and robust long-term financing framework for the Tsavo Conservation Area. This is is vital for scaling up conservation efforts and supporting community conservancies in the region. Diversifying and strengthening revenue streams would enable the creation of sustainable conservation initiatives that encompass the entire landscape. Through collective efforts and resilient conservation actions by all stakeholders, the TCA can have a more secure and sustainable future.
Through this strategy, we have redefined our mission and vision, fostering strong alignment within our team. We’re energised by our new and exciting goals, with the work we’ve achieved in the past decade serving as a foundation for the future. As a team, we’re also aware of the various ways we need to build our capacity and increase our capabilities to achieve the ambitious goals and targets we’ve set. It’s not going to be easy, but we’re up for the challenge.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to you, our valued Tsavo Trust supporter and partner, as our success today wouldn’t be possible without you. Asante sana, and we look forward to walking this next phase of our journey together.