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Mara Naboisho Conservancy

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Mara Naboisho Conservancy

Post  Laikipia on Thu Jan 26, 2012 2:49 pm

About Mara Naboisho Conservancy

Wildlife and pastoral peoples have lived side-by-side in the Mara ecosystem of south-western Kenya for at least 2000 years. Recent changes in human population and land privatization are jeopardizing this co-existence. This land privatization is resulting in increased cultivation and fencing, exclusion of wildlife, and decline of tourism as a revenue generator.

May 28th 2010 was not only a culmination of 3 years of meticulous planning, community capacity building and trust harnessing but also the grand beginning for the 20,680 ha Mara Naboisho Conservancy. Mara Naboisho conservancy takes on a unique, bold and innovative approach to community based tourism and conservation. Located on a prime wildlife area and lying to the east of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Naboisho brings together over 500 Maasai landowners in a 15 year genuine partnership to safeguard the priceless wildlife and habitats of the one of the 7 wonders of the new world; the great migration. In partnership with the Maasai landowners, Mara Naboisho Conservancy is committed to protect the unique Masai Mara environment, its abundant wildlife and habitats currently threatened by expanding agriculture, charcoal burning, conflict with humans and poverty. Naboisho’s philosophy is that of supporting biodiversity, and the socio cultural heritage of the region while generating adequate income and jobs for the community using ecotourism as the economic driver. Naboisho’s legal structure is cemented within a landholding company wholly owned by the Maasai and a management company with equal representation between the tourism partners and the landowners.

The Naboisho tourism partners operate within a legally binding agreement, which guarantees the right to operate responsible tourism under a regulatory agreement, code of conduct, ecofriendly practice and commitment to guarantee income to the landowners. Seyia Ltd, a professional management not for Profit Company with expertise and long-term experience in managing similar initiatives works to secure the natural beauty of the conservancy while improving the infrastructure of the conservancy.


Lots of news and details of camps in the Convervancy

http://www.maranaboisho.com

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Post  Doogs on Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:37 pm

Thanks for the info and link Lai Pai cheers

Sounds a brilliant place and well done to them for creating a conservancy that has an "innovative approach to community based tourism and conservation". Away to check out the camps Very Happy
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Post  whitestarling on Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:25 pm

Thanks Lai, thats sounds like really good news, and a model that other areas should adopt. It needs everyone, to pull together, and take into account the interests of all including the wildlife, and habitat. Will check it out later
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