2008 American Express Conservation Lecture
Conflict in Northern Kenya - A Conservation Opportunity?
Ian Craig, founder of the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), and a man with an unrivalled passion for Kenya and its people will, with Jonathan 'Kip' Nteere, give the 15th Tusk American Express Conservation Lecture. They will explain how the foundations of this unique organization are based on the mitigation of conflict through conservation.
There is a quiet revolution happening in northern Kenya, where over 60,000 people have decided to dedicate 1.6 million acres of their community land to wildlife conservation. This is a 'first' in East Africa, if not across the whole continent. Through NRT and its council of elders, communities of diverse ethnicity have come together to form community-led conservation institutions. The long-term implications are exciting and far-reaching in terms of peace, stability and poverty alleviation across this vast landscape. There is now a very real future for the wildlife and people of this region who have a relationship so closely linked that wildlife and livestock are considered one from the community's perspective.
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