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The KWCA's response.

While this story is about NRT and community conservancies in Northern Kenya, the lack of objectivity and distortion of facts, paints a bad image of wildlife conservancies in Kenya.

Contrary to the article's assertion, community conservancies in Kenya are community initiatives developed to enhance rather than destroy the lives of pastoralists.

Conservancies are managed by locally elected community leaders who develop and foresee implementation of the conservancy management plans. The community rangers, themselves local youth, implement community decisions. The author did not attempt to contact KWCA yet falsely reports that 2,300 rangers have been trained by KWS.

Conservancies adopt an integrated land use management system that optimises land use for livestock, wildlife, human settlement and compatible land uses, not for conservation purposes only as argued in the article.

It is unfortunate New African has published a one-sided article which downplays the successes of conservancies in Kenya.

Dickson Kaelo CEO,

Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA), Nairobi, Kenya (via website)

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Title Annotation:Readers' Views: LETTERS & COMMENTS
Author:Kaelo, Dickson
Publication:New African
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Mar 1, 2017
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