Celebrating Conservation in Kenya


Photo provided by No Water No Life

A new Instagram series on the Mara Conservancy has been announced by ILCW member Alison Jones, director of No Water No Life, in honor of the 15th anniversary of Kenya’s Mara Conservancy (June 11, 2001). Jones was involved in the initiative’s founding days in the western Triangle of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The fifteen years since are a testament to the benefits of community-based conservation and public/private non-profit management. It is also a part of the No Water No Life documentation of sustainable solutions.

Despite global recessions, terrorism impacts and disease scares reducing tourism income, the Mara Conservancy has survived.  Many are amazed, including world-renowned conservationists, who applauded the Conservancy on its opening day, but doubted it would last more than two years given the volatility of Kenya’s politics. Today tourism and wildlife are thriving in the Mara Triangle, thanks to the security and solid management provided by the Conservancy.  Furthermore, more than 100 similar conservancies have sprung up since 2001 based on this initial model. Congratulations to Kenyan and other US conservationists, supporting politicians, the adjacent Maasai communities and all who have worked to make the Mara Conservancy succeed.

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