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Northern Rangelands Trust Community Conservancy First Year Grazing Planning Follow-Up Report

Training:

  • Training of Trainer workshops; two were held in FY13 including 39 participants from 9 conservancies to train Grazing Coordinators from each conservancy and other conservancy representatives plus NRT Regional Coordinators. Grazing Coordinators now qualified to do training within the community and RCs can provide support as needed. The 9 conservancies represent 1,033,010 hectares and 79,600 people. In 2014 Melako and Sera will join to make 11 conservancies.
  • Training of Boards and Grazing Committees included 5 conservancies in 2012 and a plan to form Boards & Committees in 4 additional conservancies in 2013.
  • Exposure Tours within Kenya in 2012 included 7 conservancies participating in exposure tours to other conservancies that have been practising holistic planned grazing; with a plan for three exposure tours for new conservancies in 2013.
  • Vegetation, soil, and boma monitoring training for Grazing Coordinators who can continue this monitoring within their conservancies.  In addition, Grazing Coordinators have conducted several community training workshops in each conservancy to plan grazing at the zone level.  Of note, Kalama’s grazing plan in the buffer zone has been on-going through all seasons and has been very effective – they are finding they have a higher conception rate with larger herds and have put 2 breeding bulls into each of their 2 holistic herds.

Immediately following the 2013 Trainer-of-Trainer workshop Sera Community Conservancy, a team from Grevy’s Zebra Trust and NRT visited the 5 NRT conservancies that were trained in 2012 to review their progress over the year and discuss the way forward from here. That team included: Peter Leshakwet (NRT), Joseph Letoole (NRT), Craig Leggett (for GZT), Joseph Kathiwa (GZT), Paul-Emanuel Leroux (GZT). This report summarizes those discussions.

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