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Building capacity within community wildlife conservancies
Date Published: 09 May, 2013
KWS has consistently trained a thousand plus individuals within conservancies and inhabitants of lands that host wildlife aimed at building their conservation capacity as well as realizing decent livelihoods from sound environmental management. This has largely been on practical wildlife management strategies & basic paramilitary drills. The training program co- funded by KWS for Conservancy Rangers at the Law Enforcement Academy, Manyani dwells within the spirit of ‘Reaching out to Communities’ and streamlining the wildlife industry through sustained community interaction.
The first ever Community NCO promotional Course was conducted at KWS LEA in partnership with community wildlife conservancies for three months. This elite group of trainees, graduated on the 10th of April 2013 after the three month course building up to a Board interview. This inaugural class had 28 students. Of these, 22 are from the NRT consortium, 2 from The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, 2 from Empaash Oloorienito in Kajiado, and one each from Elkarama in Laikipia and Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust respectively in the Chyulu national Park Ecosystem. They shall henceforth be a force multiplier, providing critical buffer to the protected area system.
Within the trainee’s rank and file was but a single lady Maryanne Siankoi Kasainne who performed exceptionally well and emerged 6th in the validation ranking overall despite being the youngest at 22 years, an O level graduate with a tertiary certificate in Entrepreneurship, HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse & Controls, from a family of seven siblings within Empaash Oloorienito Community Conservancy in the Nairobi national Park ecosystem.
She is now the Squad Commander pictured. All the training input is towards Wildlife Industry Governance and standardizing the chain of command and reporting procedures within all wildlife conservancies in the country.