RANGELAND RESTORATION

Sustainable Natural Resource Management & Ecosystem Restoration

The Maasai communities depend on their land and natural resources for their livelihoods and well-being. However, they are facing increasing pressures: a growing population, break-down in traditional nomadic structures and more frequent and prolonged droughts which has caused high livestock and wildlife mortalities. The health of the rangeland on group ranches has deteriorated over time reducing the carrying capacity for livestock as well as wildlife. This ecological degradation has made the community less resilient to environmental uncertainty, increasing their vulnerability and ultimately leading to greater poverty especially for the most disadvantaged members of the society.

Developing sustainable community grazing management practices compatible with biodiversity conservation, while supporting human wellbeing and economic development, is critical for the long term conservation of this ecosystem.

Therefore, MWCT together with the Maasai community on Kuku Group Ranch, decided to develop and implement an integrated grazing and rangeland restoration management plan to introduce sustainable natural resource management benefitting the environment, wildlife, livestock and the resident Maasai community.

In addition, MWCT is starting an active participatory rangeland restoration project. Women from the local community will be engaged to create grass banks for seed production. The seeds from these native grasses are well adapted to the semi-arid environment and will be used to restore heavily degraded areas on the group ranch. The Maasai women can also generate an income from selling the grass seeds to other development organizations.

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BASELINE PLOTS MAPPED & VEGETATION SURVEYED
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MICROWELLS INSTALLED TO ENHANCE DOMESTIC WATER SOURCES
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WETLAND ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION CATCHMENTS CREATED
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COMMUNITY MEMBERS PARTICIPATED, TRAINED OR EMPLOYED
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COMMUNITY MEETINGS, WORKSHOPS & TRAINING PROGRAMS
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TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS IMPLEMENTED

THE MANAGEMENT PLAN

Prong One

Develop an integrated grazing and rangeland management plan to introduce sustainable natural resource management benefitting the environment, wildlife, livestock and the resident Maasai community

Prong Two

Implement a comprehensive rangeland and biodiversity monitoring system to test community methodologies for science-based assessment to guide management decisions and understand the rangeland status and trends

Prong Three

Conduct community meetings to improve understanding and support for the holistic grazing management plan as well as training workshops targeting grazing committees and community members to build capacity

RANGELAND RESTORATION IN ACTION

Grass Seed Bank
Completed WERC in Iltilal
Cattle Crushes To Improve Livestock Quality
Community Members Map Out Seasonal Grazing
Completed WERC with Vegetation Growing
Micro Well Installations
Training Workshop
WERC Creation
Grass Seed Bank Fence

PROUD PARTNERS

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