African Conservation Centre has strong Partners in Conservation with which it implements its key conservation strategies. These grassroots institutions are based in ACC’s landscapes and provided linkages to innovative conservation approaches and scale up initiatives pioneered by ACC.
THE AMBOSELI CONSERVATION PROGRAMME (ACP)
ACP conducts long term ecological monitoring and sound science for the conservation of the Greater Amboseli Ecosystem. Established in 1967 by Dr. David Western, ACP continues to work with local communities and research and conservation partners to enhance our understanding of the interactions between pastoralism and wildlife to sustain the integrity of the Amboseli ecosystem. The ACP team has an active research programme including long term habitat monitoring, wildlife counts, assessment of land-use and settlement patterns, and climate change. ACP is dedicated to applying the results of this work to the betterment of conservation nationally and internationally. It’s goals include:
- — Conduct research on African ecosystems;
- — Develop tools for identifying the threats to biodiversity;
- — Develop conservation policies and practices that benefit local communities;
- — Build local and national consensus and capacity for conservation;
- — Promote sound environmental governance and practices; and
- — Forge national and international collaboration for conserving biodiversity.
AMBOSELI ECOSYSTEM TRUST (AET)
Amboseli Ecosystem Trust is a registered charitable Trust incorporated under the provisions of the Trustees. After the development of the general management plan for the Amboseli Ecosystem, stakeholders created a Trust would oversee its implementation. The Trust is mandated to mobilize resources for the implementation of the 10 years management plan. ACC supports the Amboseli Ecosystem Trust to bring together other supporters and partners to develop land use practices that improve the livelihoods and wellbeing through the coexistence of people and wildlife. The vision is to keep the Amboseli Ecosystem rangelands open, diverse and healthy for the benefit of people and wildlife.
Land & Life Foundation
Land & Life Foundation envisions a sustainable future where communities and wildlife thrive together across conservation areas, safeguarding nature for the next generation. It strongly believes that the sustainability of East Africa’s wildlife and habitats depends on four key actions:
- — Securing land for conservation
- — Protecting species and their environment
- — Providing tangible benefits to the people who live alongside wildlife
- — Educating the next generation of conservationists.
Land & Life Foundation focuses on four types of programs for communities living alongside wildlife across Kenya and Tanzania: Wildlife Warrior Program, Nature Conservation, Medical Support and School Support.
LOCAL OCEAN TRUST
Local Ocean Trust is a private, not for profit organisation committed to the protection of Kenya’s marine environment. They use practical conservation, community involvement and development, education, research and campaigning to promote the sustainable use of Kenya’s marine resources.
Watamu Turtle Watch is Local Ocean Trust’s flagship programme. It was started by local residents in 1997 to protect nesting sea turtles. Now it consists of the Nest Monitoring and Protection programme, ByCatch Release Programme, and specialist Rehabilitation Centre for sick and injured sea turtles. The combination of these programmes enables Local Ocean Trust to make a real difference in ensuring the future of endangered sea turtles.
Landscape And Conservation Mentors Organization (LCMO)
LCMO is a grassroots environmental nonprofit organization operating in remote landscapes adjacent to protected areas in Western Tanzania. They focus on promoting, supporting, and improving community livelihoods, sustainable environmental practices, wildlife conservation, and development in rural areas surrounding these protected areas.
LCMO uses multiple approaches to garner the participation of local community members and strengthen their commitment to address conservation issues in the region. These issues include human wildlife conflicts, poaching, habitat degradation, and impacts from climate change. All of which contribute to biodiversity loss in a landscape that is currently underserved by conservation NGOs, but faces an uncontrolled influx of agro-pastoral Sukumas and livestock settling around remote areas adjacent to the reserves. These reserves are of national and international importance for their biodiversity.
LCMO’s work is based in the Mpimbwe district, adjacent to Katavi National Park, and they have recently expanded their reach to include the Rukwa-Katavi-Mahale-Ugalla ecosystems in Western Tanzania.
SOUTH RIFT ASSOCIATION OF LAND OWNERS (SORALO)
SORALO is a community-based and community-driven land trust established in 2004 to unite 16 Maasai communities in the management and security of their landscape of the South Rift, in Kenya. SORALO’s primary role is to ensure the integrity of this landscape for the benefit of its people and wildlife. They work to help communities in this landscape secure rights to their land, develop management systems to keep the landscape healthy and intact, and create economic opportunities. They continue to develop innovative local conservation models that promote coexistence of people and wildlife, cultural and ecological conservation, and community empowerment.
One of SORALO’s flagship programmes is Rebuilding the Pride which aims to increase lion and other carnivore numbers across the South Rift area of Kenya. Established in 2010, this program focuses on reducing human-wildlife conflict, preventing range fragmentation and maintaining healthy prey numbers.
Rebuilding the Pride explores the basis of traditional practices among pastoralists that allow herders to coexist with wildlife and minimize conflict with predators. The lion serves as a signature species for conserving other large carnivores, including wild dogs, cheetah, leopards and striped and spotted hyenas. Rebuilding the Pride also refers to the pride communities themselves take in conserving wildlife!
THE UASO NGIRO BABOON PROJECT (UNBP)
UNBP, (formerly the Gilgil Baboon Project) is located on the Eastern Laikipia Plateau between the Mukogodo Forest and Mt. Kenya. The research focuses on the socio-ecology and cognition of wild baboons as they make the transition to the modern context of human dominated ecosystems. Dr. Shirley C. Strum (Professor of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego), the Director, began her baboon research in 1972. During the past 38 years, the baboons faced sudden and radical changes because of human population increase, change in human land use, and the loss of biodiversity. Baboons are among the most versatile of primate, second only to humans in their ability to adapt to rapidly changing conditions. Baboons are ecological detectives helping to predict the possible futures of other large African mammals.