Conflict between native pastoralist communities, the traditional stewards of Kenya’s lands, and contemporary conservationists have created a false dichotomy in the management of Kenya’s rich natural landscapes. Nature benefits from human collaboration and a portfolio of solutions that acknowledge traditional and modern relationships with the land.
Kenya is famous for its treasure trove of wildlife. Giraffe, flamingo, and wildebeest inhabit the wild places of this country, many of which are not covered by formal government protections, but conserved through private initiatives. Creating a broader conservation movement that incorporates traditional values and communities could result in significant gains for Kenya’s nature, especially given low government capacity to maintain formally designated areas.
Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.
Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.
Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.
Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.
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This transboundary protected area is a glittering jewel of nature, at the convergence of drylands and swamplands that make for a stunning array of birdlife.
Richly forested mountain peaks form deep ravines and cascading waterfalls in this lush park. A refuge for giant forest hogs, jackals, and baboons.
Deforestation and climate change have taken a toll on Watamu’s coral reefs, which form the “ecological backbone” of this region.
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