|Laikipia Unity and Land Initiative
This long-term programme, implemented with the support of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and under the auspices of the Laikipia County Government, aims to address what is arguably the most pressing social, economic and environmental issue facing Laikipia; that of the fate of the one third of the County (230,000 acres) that is comprised of ‘contested land’ and the tens of thousands of people who inhabit them.
The objective of LULI is to bring about a new dispensation that results in the lands being managed as larger, more ecologically sustainable, and economically and socially viable units. This new system will foster enhanced wildlife and ecosystem services, as well as improve socio-economic status.
LULI stands to make a useful contribution in thinking about how best to address Kenya’s deeply rooted land problems that have been a key factor in the country’s recurring outbreaks of violence and ethnic tension. The Initiative also stands to help bring about improved outcomes for both the people and the wildlife/wild lands of Laikipia, whilst introducing innovative new financing mechanisms for conservation.