Benefits

  1. Preliminary monitoring report indicates that the conservancy has experienced an influx in numbers of wildlife species and now attracts more high-end tourists.
  2. Rare species such as wild dogs have since been sighted in the conservancy.
  3. The conservancy has also recorded a sharp drop in poaching cases. This is attributed to the security provided by community scouts and the local community who now appreciate the value of wildlife.
  4. Reduced wrangles among landowners in the conservancy, this is attributed to improved governance structures.
  5. Improved livelihoods through employment and annual land lease money.
  6. The conservancy also acts, as a ‘grass bank’ for the local community. During the dry season, sections of the conservancy are opened for grazing for a specific period of time, which is in line with the grazing plan currently being implemented.
  7. Increased range for wildlife.

Lessons Learnt

  1. Benefits from conservation are not immediate. Stakeholders need to understand this principle before they engage in conservation ventures.
  2. Sustainability of a change process depends on community involvement right from the conception stage.
  3. Monitoring and evaluation is key. Through the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) the conservancy has been able to conduct wildlife mapping that has helped in wildlife security and helped improve tour guiding within the conservancy.
  4. Diversification of sources of income is an essential input to ensure there is sustainability in a community project. In the Mara Siana