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Our Advocacy Work

An important area of our work is championing the better use and management of our natural resources with an elimination of corrupt practices and personal vested interests that ignore Kenya’s best interest.
It is critical we carry out an advocacy role, because Kenya’s future social well-being and economic development depend on sustaining the country’s rich heritage in terms of biological diversity coupled with an understanding that good environmental management is the foundation for development and is not a competitor to such development. This is reflected in Vision 20/30, where tourism is recognized as the major economic driver of growth. Destroying the quality of the resources on which this sector depends. Significantly reduces the ability for this sector to deliver what Vision 20/30 expects.

The last 3 years has seen the Society grow in advocacy vigour and this can be reflected as follows:

1 Retaining National Park Status for Amboseli
2 Stopping a tarmac corridor being developed through Aberdare National Park.
3 Preventing Dakatcha woodlands being clear felled for 50,000 hectare of Jatropha
4 Preventing Karen Club felling part of Oloolua Forest for a water reticulation scheme
5 Preventing a dam being constructed in South Nandi Forest
6 Contributing improvements to the Wildlife Bill
7 Opposing the development of the highway through Serengeti
8 Effecting improvements to three Land Acts
9 Supporting development of a management plan for guiding ring net fishing in a legal and sustainable manner
10 Supporting a comprehensive land use plan being undertaken in the Tana Delta

It would be misleading to suggest we did all this on our own. In several of the above examples, we were closely partnered by organizations, such as Nature Kenya, World Wide Fund for Nature – Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Programme Office (WWF ESARPO), Flora and Fuana International (FFI), World Conservation Union ( IUCN), Wetkands International, African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), African Conservation Centre (ACC). We also need to remain vigilant even on these successes, as you never know when a proposal such as a dam will resurface.

But new challenges emerge and we are currently engaged in the following campaigns:

1 The Nairobi Southern Bypass encroaching into Nairobi National Park.
The problem is summarized in the information note that is provided immediately below:
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2 The destruction of Umani Springs in Kibwezi Forest.
Please see the description of the issue again provided immediately below.
Download/Read Publication
3 The Society, Nature Kenya and local communities in Tana Delta are advocating for the implementation of the February 2013 High Court ruling that requires Tana and Athi River Development Authority (TARDA) to develop short, medium and long range land use development plans for the Tana River Delta with full participation of the communities as well as government agencies and other stakeholders with an interest in the area.
4 Lamu Area

The possible Lamu port development cannot be isolated from the fact that such development will introduce a new town, rail and road corridors and an influx of large numbers of people. This pressure will have enormous impact on area of high biodiversity value as well as social and economic impacts on the local communities. It is vital a coordinated planning and implementation approach is adopted. We are striving to get included in the planning of this development with proper adherence to Strategic Environmental Assessments, etc.