Conservation Science & Research


ACC is a lead institution in driving the policy agenda of wildlife conservation between government and communities. ACC continually develops new ways to organize, understand, and provide access to biological data about East Africa’s rich biodiversity.

Biodiversity Atlas

"Kenya's Natural Capital" is a richly illustrated guide to Kenya’s wealth of plant & animal life.

The first Biodiversity Atlas of the Natural Capital of Kenya was launched on November 17, 2015 at a ceremony held at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The Atlas project, led and coordinated by the African Conservation Centre and commissioned by the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Authorities of the Government of Kenya, brought together national agencies, universities, non-government organizations, and academic institutions to create a detailed assessment of Kenya’s biodiversity.

Ranging from coral reefs to high mountain communities of Mount Kenya and from deserts and savanna grasslands to forests and Great Rift Valley lakes, the tapestry of Kenya’s habitats ranks it among the richest vertebrate regions on earth. The Atlas shows how Kenya’s varied landscapes and climate have shaped biodiversity, ecosystems, cultures and livelihoods. It also documents the threats to species, habitats and natural resources, the conservation steps Kenya has taken to protect biodiversity and the gaps that remain.

National Wildlife Strategy 2030

A roadmap for transforming wildlife conservation in Kenya.

The National Wildlife Strategy 2030 aligns to Kenya's Vision 2030 and the Government's Big Four Agenda. It identifies a clear set of five (5) year priority goals and strategies around four key pillars: Resilient Ecosystems; Engagement by all Kenyans, Evidence Based Decision Making and Sustainability and Governance. In Addition to these targets, the strategy establishes an implementation framework to enhance communication, coordination and collaboration to inspire engagement and participation, and catalyse conservation actions with all stakeholders.

The African Conservation Centre was the co-ordinator of the strategy formulation process under the guidance of the Ministry. The National Wildlife Strategy 2030 was launched on June 12, 2018 by the Deputy President.

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.

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.