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More Than a Decade On: Helping Ol Pejeta Conservancy to Deliver Conservation and Development Impacts in Kenya

by Christin VanZant last modified Oct 03, 2017 07:51 PM
Joanna Elliott, FFI's Senior Director, Conservation Partnerships will talk about the current land and wildlife management context and the challenges Ol Pejeta faces, including in helping local people and wildlife to weather extreme drought, and safeguarding its rhino population against a well-armed and organized poaching threat.
When Oct 11, 2017
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where World Wildlife Fund Room 2004A 1250 24th Street NW, Washington, DC 20037
Contact Name
Contact Phone 202-347-0672 X 30
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Fauna & Flora International (FFI) teamed with local partners and international funders to establish the 90,000-acre Ol Pejeta Conservancy in 2003. Located at the foot of Mount Kenya, Ol Pejeta plays a vital part in the Laikipia ecosystem in northern Kenya, protecting critical migration corridors and diverse wildlife, including black rhino and Grevy’s zebra.

Since transferring ownership of the conservancy to a Kenyan non-profit organization in 2005, FFI has remained on Ol Pejeta’s Board of Directors and currently works with Ol Pejeta on a joint program to ensure extension of wildlife habitat, local community support and livelihoods, and financial self-sustainability.

Ol Pejeta is one of the few conservancies in the world to cover its costs through its own commercial activities: tourism and agriculture. 75,000 acres of the conservancy are dedicated to conservation, while the remaining land is used for cattle ranching and growing wheat. Ol Pejeta is also home to six tourism facilities providing beds for up to 150 tourists a night. Last year, more than 85,000 tourists and school children visited.

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