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Smart, Driven and prepared: New Ceo at the helm of Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association

Date Published: 28 May, 2013
Smart, Driven and prepared: New Ceo at the helm of Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association

Mr. Dickson Kaelo, the new Kenya Wildlife Conservancy Association (KWCA) CEO poses for a photo after his introductory meeting with KWCA Technical Working Group’.

The Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA) is an independent and legally registered community of interest that was established to provide a ‘platform for landowners to directly and progressively participate in the wildlife sector in Kenya’. KWCA brings together stakeholders in the conservation sector under the primary leadership of community, group and private landowners with technical involvement of NGOs, KWS and the private sector. KWCA’s mandate is anchored on a suite of value propositions that run the gamut from business development, policy advocacy, legal assistance and broad networking. Some of the key areas to be facilitated by the Association include:

  1.  Institutionalization of Conservancy Standards.
  2. Facilitation of Public-private partnership investments.
  3. Negotiate for Improved Benefit sharing agreements.
  4. Lobby, advocate and influence wildlife conservation and management policy and legislation.
  5. Support the development of a Master plan for wildlife conservation and management for Kenya.
  6. Negotiate for enabling tax regime to further the aspirations of conservation on community lands.
  7. Have a common platform to mobilize resources for infrastructure development and marketing for conservancies’ e.g. mainstream budget allocation from treasury for the sector.
  8. Recognition of Wildlife as major driver for tourism and improved rangeland management for the economic goal for Vision 2030.

To drive this process, Mr. Dickson Kaelo, was successfully recruited out of eight (8) candidates that applied for the position and will assume the reins on June 1, 2013. Dickson brings on board a wealth of experience in community wildlife conservation and management.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) which has been the main technical and funding agency in partnership with KWS for the establishment of this entity has made an initial grant of US$100,000 to KWCA for the startup activities.  KWS will continue to complement the development of KWCA to become a model national conservancy agency in Africa through training, legal advice on investment opportunities, development of standard operating procedures in wildlife conservancies and infrastructure development. AWF is also on board and will support KWCA in its strategic planning, building capacity and conservancy area planning.



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