We implement conservation projects for the benefit of nature and people.

Current Projects

Project Name: Unlocking Biodiversity Data to Facilitate Designation of Lake Ol bolosat as the 7th Ramsar Site in Kenya

Wetlands in Kenya are fast disappearing and their conservation and total economic value remain unknown. Despite Kenya having a robust policy on wetlands, ….. 

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Project Name: Strengthening the Conservation and Management of Mukogodo and Mount Kulal Forests through agroforestry and Important Bird Area Listing.”

Between 1990 and 2010, Kenya’s forest cover decreased from 12% to only 6%, but the country has set the objective of  ..

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Project Name: The Conservancies Rangers’ Programme

Over 65% of wildlife in Kenya occurs outside gazetted national parks, reserves and sanctuaries. The conservancy movement in Kenya, over the years, have contributed immensely in securing safe … 

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Project Name: Mt. Elgon Elephant Project

Unfortunately, no elephants are known to have survived permanently on the Uganda side of Mount Elgon since the 1970’s and they are at risk of extinction on the Kenya side. Only around 350 are thought to remain from a past population of several times that number.

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Recent Projects

Donors: Global Environmental Facility C/o Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations in Kenya

Kirisia Forest, locally known as Leroghi Forest, is located in Samburu Country in the northern part of Kenya. It is a gazetted forest managed by the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and covers 91,452 hectares. Due to its altitudinal range, its harbours a diversity of floral and faunal species, some of which are listed as rare, threatened, or endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The forest is however under increasing pressure from human activities such as illegal logging, charcoal burning, poaching and overgrazing among other problems. The local communities who dwelt in the forest for a long time, voluntarily moved out of the forest after a series of sensitisation meeting were conducted. As a result, the local community is striving to find alternative livelihood options to alleviate pressure from the forest. Forest Conservation and Management Act, 2016 allows communities living adjacent to gazetted forests to form associations in order to collaborate with Kenya Forest Service in Sustainable management of forests in Kenya. The CFA in Kirisia is at its infancy and therefore still lack the capacity to adequately participate in forest management.

The main objective of this project is to strengthen the organisational and entrepreneurial capacities of the CFA for improve participation in the sustainable management of Kirisia forest.  It also aims to provide alternative and sustainable livelihoods for the local communities for improved household income, food and nutrition security, and enhanced resilience of the pastoral communities to the ravaging impacts of climate change.

Project also aims to elevate the conservation status of Kirisia Forest through its designation as an Important Bird Area (IBA). 

Anticipated project outputs include; 

  1. Existing nature-based enterprises assessed 
  2. Organizational capacity of CFAs strengthened 
  3. Value chains for poultry, honey production and agroforestry developed 
  4. Kirisia Forest recommended for designation as an IBA

Our achievements so far;

  1. 25 representatives of various user groups around Kirisia Forest trained on entrepreneurship
  2. 27 representatives of various bee keeping groups around Kirisia Forest trained on honey production value chain including apiary establishment and management, honey extraction, handling and value addition
  3. 27 representatives of various poultry groups around Kirisia Forest trained on poultry production and management
  4. 1,668 beneficiaries around Kirisia Forest trained on fruit trees and other high value fast growing agroforestry tree growing
  5. 1,305 beneficiaries around Kirisia Forest issued with various fruit and other high value agroforestry trees seedlings
  6. A dossier for designation of Kirisia Forest as an IBA prepared and submitted to the Global IBA secretariat for approval

Donors: US Forest Service (USFS)

This project was implemented within Mt. Elgon ecosystem which straddles that international boundary between Kenya and Uganda, comprising about 60% and 40% of the Mt. Elgon landscape, respectively. The entire ecosystem covers an area of about 9,944 km2.

US Forest Service together with other partners investigated factors that limit Community Forest Association (CFA) effectiveness in sustainable forest management in 2021. The assessment recommended the formation of regional and ecosystem-based organizations that can harness resource mobilization through a multi-stakeholder approach to support the functioning of the CFA.

The aim of this project was to strengthen Community Forest Associations (CFAs) in the Mt. Elgon landscape specifically on the Kenyan side of the ecosystem to elevate their cause as agents of forest stewardship, economic development, and community-based natural resource governance through establishing an ecosystem-wide, local civil society organization.


  1. An ecosystem-wide CSO under the name Mt. Elgon Ecosystem Conservation Trust (MEECT) was formed;
  2. Interim board members for the MEECT nominated
  3. A Trans-Nzoia CFA Chapter which unifies all the CFAs in the county and facilitate inter-CFA engagement for the conservation and management of Trans-Nzoia was formed.

Donors: Embassy of Finland to Kenya (Finnish Government)

Mt. Suswa Conservancy, a community owned conservancy, lies about 80 km west of Nairobi on the floor of Eastern Rift Valley and covers an area of about 8000 ha. Its summit (highest point) stands at 2,356 metres above sea level. The Conservancy has over 3,500 land owners and lies almost equally in two counties – Narok and Kajiado counties. The Maasai community are most predominant inhabitants around the Conservancy who mainly practise pastoralism. The mountain is highly revered by the Maasai Community because of its spiritual connotation thus most Maasai declaration are done here facing the mountain.

The Conservancy is unique on its own as it is the only conservancy with caves and a double caldera. It is home the African Long-tailed bats, and baboons (BBC Two – The Great Rift: Africa’s Wild Heart, Fire, Baboon parliament) among other wild animals. The Caldera hosts an undisturbed indigenous forest, locally known as the “Lost World” with some endangered species such as red cider.

The Conservancy and its resources are however under threat due to human activities such as deforestation, poaching, as well as ongoing development projects. It does not have a vibrant governance structures and qualified personnel required to implement the management plan that could cushion against these destructive activities. Its tourism potential has been under-utilized due to poor access road, inadequate information about the conservancy, poor quality products and inadequate amenities such as clean running water, communication infrastructure, lack of accommodation facilities, and many more.

This project sought to promote good governance for the Conservancy; build the capacity of community rangers through training and provision of surveillance equipment and enhance community’ participation in sustainable management and efficient utilization of natural resources through training and piloting on nature-based enterprises and energy-saving technologies.


    1. 30 local community members trained and supported with 30 Langstroth (modern) beehives befitting about 102 households;
    2. All the conservancy rangers trained and provided with tents, security boots and sleeping bags for enhanced and mobile patrols
    3. 55 community members, including 26 women and 29 men trained on environmental stewardship. This was further amplified through the local radio.
    4. 80 women trained on energy cooking technologies and over 100 households supplied with energy efficient stoves (
    5. Conservancy board members trained on tourism development, marketing, resource mobilization, financial management, gender mainstreaming and conflict resolution mechanism and facilitated for an exchange
    6. visit to Naboisho Conservancy in Mara for practical learning.
    7. Mt. Suswa business plan developed
    8. 25 environmental stewards trained as resource monitors to support the conservancy rangers (5) in patrolling the conservancy.
    9. Five cameras, 6 tents, 3 mountain bikes for tourism, and security boots donated to the conservancy


  • a) Reduced forest destruction and charcoal production within and around the conservancy
  • b) Reduced poaching of wildlife within and around the Conservancy
  • c) Improved community welfare socially and economically
  • d) Inclusion of women and youths in the new Mt. Suswa Conservancy Board
  • e) Enhanced environmental awareness among the local communities surrounding Mt. SuswaU

Donors: Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan, and the World Bank.

Project description:

Lake Ol Bolossat is the only natural lake in Central Kenya and one of the very few highland lakes in the world. It is located in in Nyandarua Count and forms part of the larger Ewaso Ngiro North Basin which straddles nine counties in Kenya and supports the livelihoods of approximately four (4) million people from upstream, middle and downstream.

Covering approximately 4303.6 ha, the lake is Kenya’s 61st Important Bird Area and is recognised as a Key Biodiversity Area by BirdLife International.

The lake is also home to around 96 species of invertebrates, 7 species of fish and six other mammalian species besides hippopotamuses. A waterfowl census in Lake Ol Bolossat conducted in January 2018 counted a total of 14, 423 individuals.

Despite the economical, social and ecological importance, the lake is in the verge of drying up threatening the local livelihood, economy and biodiversity. These was attributed to lack of legal protection, poor stakeholders’ coordination, low awareness about the lake and its importance, among others.

This project aimed at elevating the lake’s conservation status to enhance its protection; creating awareness about the importance of the lake; harnessing partnerships and synergies for better management of the lake through co-management.


  • – The Lake designated as a wetland protected area by the Government of Kenya through a legal notice No. 178 of 2018.
  • – Rapid Biodiversity Survey conducted and findings disseminated;
  • – Brochure profiling the lake developed and publicised to raise more awareness about the lake
  • – Lake Ol Bolossat Integrated Management Plan (2020 – 2030) ratified.
  • – Lake Ol Bolossat Community Conservation Group (LOCCOG) formed and registered to operate in Kenya. The Group coordinates community-led conservation activities in the lake and its surrounding.

Donors: USAID through Planning for Resilience in East Africa Through Policy, Adaptation, Research, and Economic Development (PREPARED) project

Project Description: 

Promoting sustainable tourism in the Maasai Mara Ecosystem

Historically, there has been very little regulation on the numbers and locations of tourism facilities in this precious ecosystem and the number was unknown. This unregulated tourism infrastructural development has not only interfered with wildlife behaviour and movements and destructed their habitats but has also significantly lowered visitors’ experience. 

In order to conserve and sustainably manage this important wildlife refuge, there was a need to determine the number of tourism facilities and their compliance with environmental laws. 

In 2016, we conducted an environmental audit of the tourism facilities (camps and lodges) in the world-famous Maasai Mara National Reserve and produced an audit report and a policy brief with recommendations for the Narok County Government to implement. 

From the findings and recommendations of this audit, the Governor of Narok County Government in 2017 issued a stoppage order on new tourism facilities being established in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. This work also contributed to the Management Plan for the National Reserve, which is yet to be gazetted.