Ecosystem Planning & Conservation

Ecosystem Planning & Conservation

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The Institutional Canopy of Conservation (I-CAN) 

The I-CAN project addresses the challenge…

of combining protection of biodiversity with strengthened livelihoods, whether through recognizing local rights over resources, livelihood diversification, or stimulation of a new green, post-oil economy, including ecotourism.

The program focuses on the rangelands, wetlands and forests of the East African savannah, especially in the borderlands between Kenya and Tanzania where the world’s greatest concentration of biodiversity and its most significant repository of wildlife lies. The major goal of the project is to identify the most effective designs for future community-based conservation programs by examining the impacts of ongoing conservancy experiments on community livelihoods and members’ attitudes and practices towards natural resources. On the basis of the results obtained, critical issues of public policy – at local, national and global levels – regarding the rights and obligations of communities in managing and utilizing the natural resources on which communities depend, will be assessed.

Development Corridors Partnership (DCP)

DCP is a research and capacity building collaboration among institutions from China, Kenya, Tanzania, and the UK.

Its main purpose is to deliver effective research and build capacity so development corridor decisionmaking can be based on sound scientific evidence and effective use of available planning tools and procedures. DCP is funded by UK Research and Innovation’s Global Challenges Research Fund.

EU CONNEKT Project

ACC Helps Communities Develop Land Use Plan

The Kenya-Tanzania border supports one of the highest wildlife populations in Africa. Through the CONNEKT project, ACC aims to protect the border’s critical ecosystems. CONNEKT is funded by the European Union and is implemented by ACC in Kenya and Oikos East Africa in Tanzania.

ACC is helping communities in Amboseli to develop a land use plan for the 95,000 acres that make up the Rombo Group Ranch and Conservancy, located in an area that borders Tsavo West National Park in Kenya and Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Rombo Conservancy is an important and complicated area due to the elephant migration corridor that runs through it and its proximity to agricultural land.

ACC is facilitating a mapping exercise in Rombo that will help the community demarcate their land for various land uses such as conservancy, grazing and agricultural farming.

Rombo is endowed with a great diversity of wildlife including: Maasai giraffe, eland, kudu, gerenuk, impala, gazelle, Cape buffalo, warthog, zebra, and elephant. Most of these species are browsers which feed on bushes and trees. Therefore, the rate of degradation to vegetation is very high. Other challenges include human-wildlife conflict in Rombo’s agricultural communities; high demand for water—needed by both communities and wildlife; poaching; poor infrastructure and roads; and overgrazing of available pasture that is shared by livestock and wild animals.

The CONNEKT project will help minimize these challenges by providing land-use planning guidance, a resource assessor to conduct ecological data collection for rangeland monitoring, and community rangers—tasked with protecting endangered wildlife species in this area.

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Land Restoration

ACC is re-greening Kenya’s rangelands for wildlife and eventually working towards achieving the UN’s decade of ecosystem restoration goals (2021-2030).

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Amboseli

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Laikipia

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Mt. Suswa

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Ecosystem Planning

The African Conservation Centre is a leader in developing new ways to organize, understand, and provide access to biological data about East Africa’s rich biodiversity.

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Kenya Biodiversity Atlas & Web Portal

African Conservation Centre was commissioned in 2012 by the Ministry of Environment Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities with support from DANIDA to be the lead organization to compile the Biodiversity Atlas and Web Portal of Kenya. Through a wide collaborative process, the Atlas and Portal aim to develop illustrative guides to Kenya’s biodiversity, to document Kenya’s natural capital; its biodiversity and the ecosystem services it supports and to assemble the scattered and disparate datasets that exist across various institutions into a common integrated biodiversity database and atlas.

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NASA Ecological Forecasting

African Conservation Centre undertook a biodiversity project with SERVIR-Africa aiming to assess the ‘Vulnerability of Biodiversity to Climate Change’. The project which was implemented with local and international partners, digitized specimen records for all taxa, plants, mammals, invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians specifically for climate change modelling. The impacts of future climate change on vegetation in the Kenya-Tanzania borderlands were assessed.

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Climate Change Modeling

ACC is taking on the challenge of conserving the biodiversity of the Kenya-Tanzania borderlands in the face of climatic change and land fragmentation. This program brings together scientists and conservationists to map the distribution of animals, plants and human livelihoods and model their vulnerability to climate and land use change. Through collaborative approach, we are able to recommend mitigating and adaptive strategies.

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Watershed Management

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Water Users Associations

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Fresh Water

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