Dialogue on Conservation
The 3-day Conservation Workshop was aimed at shaping conservation narrative through; mainstreaming inclusive decision making, benefit sharing and integrity in wildlife conservation to ensure respect, recognition and protection of community land rights across Northern Kenya under the Community Land Act (2016).
PARAN Alliance together with IMPACT and it’s other member organizations thought it is an apt moment to organize an open dialogue forum geared towards conservation models and how it interacts with the dominant livelihood systems.The conversation dialogue aimed at taking stock of the ongoing conservation models and initiatives that are being promoted and rapidly expanding in the pastoralists counties of Laikipia, Isiolo, Samburu, Marsabit, Narok, Kajiado, Baringo, West Pokot and Garissa.
Panelists and participants drawn mainly from Pastoral Communities, Pastoralists’ CSOs, Conservation NGOs, National & County Government Agencies, Researchers and Academia engaged in a conservation dialogue aimed at securing indigenous people’s rights to natural resources and ensure sustainable development.
The dialogue offered an opportunity for participants to assess the power relations, governance and decision making during the process of creating and running community-based conservancies.Participants solemnly agreed to initiate a public debate that will define a community-led conservation to sustain biodiversity and strengthen traditional livelihood systems that are mutually supportive and respect communal land.