The Enkusero Sampu Conservancy (ESC) is a community based organisation formed in 2013 initially by a group of 15 families to help the community address its priority socio-economic needs through conservation of the living environment and establishment of one of the most viable livelihood alternatives available in Maasai land in the face of diminishing Pastoralism and other human activities aggressively competing for former grazing lands.

The ESC is located in Enkusero Sampu, South West of greater Ngong division of Kajiado West district. The ESC hopes to able to spread the conservation and community-based eco-tourism message to more families in the area and beyond to capture an area of about 100 square kilometers.

The ESC has a board of trustees of 15 members and oversees the Enkusero Sampu Conservancy area of about 6 square kilometers.  The trust is being coordinated by Mr. Paul Kilelu who helped form the Organization  as its founding manager.

The ESC is currently run from Kiserian town in a shared office with Malonza & Company Advocates a Law Firm and hopes that in the near future, it will be able to establish its own offices at the conservancy itself as well as in Kiserian town to coordinate all conservancy activities and visitors.

Background to the project

Today there is increasing evidence, both scientific and anecdotal that there is great need in the Maasai community for sustainable livelihood in the face of historical marginalization, increased poverty, and declining quality of life that puts the community at increasing risk and vulnerability to both natural and man-caused disasters.  Of particular interest are: the conservation of the living environment and its diverse resources, access to all levels of education for members of the Maasai community, and natural resources conservation.

Traditional Maasai livestock production (Pastoralism) has become unsustainable and therefore poverty has increased.  Among other factors such as frequently recurring drought, the decline is due to a lack of adequate policy support and effective markets for livestock products.  As a result, the indigenous minority Maasai community is highly vulnerable to disposing of the only lasting asset they have – land -- and of losing their traditional pastoral identity through assimilation by the more economically endowed immigrant communities who buy and settle on the land.  Additionally, poverty has put greater stress on the indigenous animals and other ecosystems.

One of the main objectives for formation of the ESC is toprotect the community’s land and its high tourism and film production potential from being sold to non-indigenous people. 

These objectives would be accomplished through the establishment of sustainable community based eco-tourism enterprises (CBETEs) to supplement limited income from livestock production/Pastoralism.

The CBETEs have high potential for conservation of the natural environment and its biodiversity as well as income generation and employment opportunities.  Part of the ESC vision is also to establish an education trust fund to be funded by a percentage of the CBETEs income and donations from well-wishers to increase access to adequate quality education for the community’s children.  This in turn will provide the community the capacity and skills needed to engage in various livelihood source initiatives and well-paying employment opportunities.  In addition, the ESC trust have the strong desire to promote and sustain respect for human rights, land rights, good and democratic governance and control of historical and cultural sites for the betterment of the livelihood of the Maasai community of Kenya. 

The ESC envisions a socio-economically empowered Maasai community deriving its livelihood from conserving its living environment.

Priority Needs

Towards this vision, the ESC has identified a number of priority needs that needed to be addressed in order to move the organisation and the communities it serves forward towards accomplishment of its short- term, mid- term and long term objectives.  These priority actions include:

         i.            Increased capacity building of the board of trustees and senior management staff in conservancy management, strategic planning and resource mobilization

       ii.            Two coordination offices; at Kiserian and at the conservancy; including recruitment of administrative, support and conservation staff and volunteers

     iii.            Adequate capacity of employed and volunteer conservation rangers

     iv.            Establishment of two pilot community-based eco-tourism enterprises(CBETEs); one at Olesokorte and the other at Kijululo

       v.            Registration and recognition of the ESC area as a conservancy by, KWS and other relevant GoK departments

Proposed Solutions

The ESC sees the solutions to these priority needs as indicated in the following table:

Priority Need

Proposed Solution

1.    Increased capacity building of the board Members and senior management staff in conservancy management, strategic planning and resource mobilization

1.       An exchange learning trip on conservancy development and management for the Board Members and key community opinion leaders

2.       A training workshop on strategic planning

3.       A training workshop on resource mobilization and CBETE management

2.    Two coordination offices; at Kiserian and at the conservancy; including recruitment of administrative, support and conservation staff and volunteers

4.       36 months conservation organization institution capacity support to establish the two offices including; recruitment of an office administrator(2), receptionist(2), driver(2), conservation extension officer (1) and rangers (5)

5.       Two 4wd vehicles; one for office coordination and the other for eco-tourism activities in the conservancy.

3.    Adequate capacity of employed and volunteer conservation rangers

6.       Training of the 10 rangers and 4 admin staff to better perform in their jobs

7.       An Exchange learning trip for the 10 rangers in 2  batches to at least three established conservancies in Kenya/ Tanzania

4.    Increased by-in of conservation and CBETE activities by the target community through visible outcomes of the ESC.

8.       Establishment of two pilot community-based eco-tourism enterprises(CBETEs); one at xxxxx and the other at xxxx

5.    Recognition of the ESC area as a conservancy by the government and other stakeholders.

9.       Strategic and partnership meetings and events by the ESC with the relevant GoK ministries (ministry of Lands, KWS and other relevant GoK departments and departments) and other resource partners

 

Towards its first priority need, the ESC has written this proposal to the KWS for support in capacity building of the 15 trustees and 15 local leaders in conservancy management through an exchange learning trip to Lewa conservancy in Laikipia district.

ENKUSERO SAMPU CONSERVANCY
Joe Trade Center, Kiserian, P.O. BOX 385, 00206, Kiserian. Tel: + 254 722 668 800