2 community meetings were held this month. During the meetings the community members especially the village committee were used to create more awareness to the community. The committee of every village was allowed 20 minutes to talk about the greater kudu and threats affecting them. They also informed the community on the values of wildlife and the general environment. It was encouraging to see the committee members training their own people.
The Millimani women group was a role model to all the communities within Namunyak and beyond. Through the alternative livelihood training and the support given the group was able to increase their income from 0.62 USD they use to get per day through the sale of charcoal to 3.08 USD they get from the sale of vegetable.
Forest fires also reduced from 14 (fourteen) incidents reported in 2006 to 1 (one) incident in 2007. This is attributed to the wild honey harvesting training and the introduction of alternative livelihood to charcoal burners.
In February, we visited 3 schools. The school kids wearing greater kudu costumes visited the famous Wamba Hospital and entertained the patients with wildlife songs. They also gave patients milk, sweets, boiled maize combs from the Millimani women group shamba and donated a goat to the destitute children home.
The campaigns activities are still being implemented well. The community awareness level towards the environment and the flagship species is going up. The Namunyak community will have a very big positive mark towards the local wildlife after the campaign.
I would like to acknowledge the support of my board of trustees. Not forgetting the participation of teachers, pupils and parents who participated in the months activities.
“In the Samburu district of Kenya, the traditional livelihood activities of livestock grazing and wild-honey harvesting are a central part of local culture. Local conservationist and Pride Campaign Manager Titus Letaapo, who was born in Samburu District in 1970, sees the growing environmental threats to the wildlife and people in the region as an opportunity to help create a more sustainable livelihood for community members, leading to lasting social and environmental change. Although his Pride outreach activities are just beginning, Letaapo is already changing local perceptions about conservation.
In partnership with his local organization Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust and with support from local partners such as Lewa Conservancy, and Earthwatch, Letaapo is utilizing his teaching background to educate and empower community members to combat overgrazing. This is one of the most prevalent threats to a region that is home to beautiful high altitude plains and where nearly 70% of the people earn a living from raising livestock, including cattle, sheep and goats. Letaapo has selected a group of community members to be part of a local grass management committee, and he has already started training them to integrate more sustainable grazing methods. His goal is to train at least 55 people by the end of his campaign, and he will encourage these individuals to pass along their knowledge to others in their community as well as protect their resources by working together to coordinate local grazing patterns and to create their own grazing by-laws.
Letaapo is also working to set up new core conservation areas where grazing will not be allowed. These areas will be used as havens for local wildlife - including the Grevy’s zebra, Reticulated giraffe, African elephant, and the threatened Greater Kudu, the flagship species for his campaign—as well as ecotourism. The core conservation areas will also serve local communities in crisis, so that in times of extreme drought they will have a place to graze their livestock.
Forest fires in the region are generally caused by wild honey harvesting and charcoal production. To address this threat, Letaapo is again working to educate and inspire change at the individual and community level. He has facilitated training of 10 people as bee keepers, showing them safer, alternative methods of honey gathering that do not require open flames to smoke the bees from their hives. These individuals will then train others in their communities to utilize safer harvesting practices. With the help of Letaapo and a local community member named Rueben, 16 community members have started an agricultural plot to grow fruits and vegetables, giving them an alternative to burning wood for charcoal production. Letaapo’s goal is to start 6 agriculture plots and provide an alternative livelihood to 30 charcoal burners by the end of his campaign.
Activities Planned for the month.
•Focus group meetings •Pre-campaign survey(Finalise questionnaire, Train enumerators, conduct questionnaire survey, enter and analyse data in survey pro)
Activities Achieved in month
Activity/Comments Focus groups meeting: Four focus groups meeting were held, for the morans (youths), Teachers, Women and honey gatherers. The meetings were successful and inspiring. Most of the issues that come out of the initial concept model meeting also come out clearly as threats to biodiversity of Namunyak and affects the target condition.
Pre-campaign survey: The final draft of the pre-campaign questionnaire was completed, enumerators trained and ready to start the survey. The target population was divided into ten enumeration areas. Ten enumerators were therefore employed to conduct the survey. One thousand people will be interviewed. The survey will be started on 8th March 2007.
Overall Comments: The month was characterised by hot dry days. The community together with the Namunyak board was fascinated by the activities especially the issues that came out of the focus groups meetings. The board chairman and the vice-chairman gave positive comments on the techniques used to raise environmental awareness within the community.
Activities Established for next month: •Conduct survey, enter the survey results into survey pro- answer entry form. and analyse the survey results •Conduct second stakeholders meeting and finalise the concept model •Further develop project plan
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