Land lease programme rules and learning points
as summarised by Ole Lyse, FoNNaP member, after visit to Olerai conservancy
As compared with before, the Conservancy group Land Use rules are:
1. No sub-division of the piece of land under the Olerai Conservancy
2. No land selling within the area covered by Olerai conservancy
3. No fencing within the conservancy area
4. Adhere to controlling grazing as stipulated in agreed grazing programmes, regulating the number of cattle allowed to graze inside the conservation area to avoid overuse and land degradation
5. No introduction of land uses which are seen to be non-compatible to wildlife conservation, controlled livestock keeping or hazardous to the Environment eg quarrying, mining, large scale farming
6. Comply with introduced management mechanisms as directed by the trained manager (currently David. N. Sorimpan)
With support the community is in possession of a full fledged feasibility study, together with a subsequent tourism strategic plan which identifies potential future developments such as road network, lodge-site, camp site, cultural/handicrafts boma etc.
Conservancy manager and 20 scouts trained at KWS training institute on wildlife sanctuary management and environmental protection, facilitating enhanced daily patrols by scouts to reduce poaching of flora and fauna. Cost is supported by USAID through KWS.
KWS and the Olerai community are now working hand in hand with other conservation organizations to establish a natural based enterprise as a source of income to the community.
Expectations of Communities are very high, and it requires a lot of perseverance and patience to be able to maintain their spirit.
Human-wildlife conflict resulting from high rate of predation cases and crop destruction.
Management skill still poses room for improvement, to mobilize, manage resources and people.
Lack of office, equipment and marketing strategy.
Fencing outside the conservation area is a threat to connectivity and movement of wildlife.
See full article in newsletter due out midweek online.