Submitted by: Il Ngwesi Group Ranch
Implemented country: Kenya
Title: Integrating Community Development and Sustainable Environmental Management in Kenya
II Ngwesi Group Ranch is an area of Maasai-owned land which represents a vision of land use that not only meets the needs of the native communities that own and live in this area but also provides a secure environment for wildlife populations to live and migrate. First priority had to be given to the rehabilitation of degraded rangelands and to the establishment of conservation areas. The principal objective is to improve livelihoods by the generation of income through eco-friendly activities and the promotion of tourism, but in the context of conserving wildlife and its habitat and preserving the Maasai culture. Moreover, importance is attributed to permanent access to clean water and the improvement of health care, education and infrastructure as well as to the sustainable management of natural resources within the ranch.