Project information

Integrated development as an anti-poaching measure

Poaching of wildlife and damage done by human / wildlife conflict is threatening species such as the elephant and rhino with extinction. By working with surrounding communities to build schools, medical clinics and establish water programmes, we are engaging them to work with us to protect wildlife.

Community development is on-going.

Charity information

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy UK

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy UK
  • Need


    The project is aiming to build community support of and recognition for the role wildlife plays in the economic well being of northern Kenya. Poverty and a lack of awareness mean that local people do not recognise the value of keeping wildlife alive. The loss of wildlife through poaching has an economic impact on the whole community's well being as funding for the community development programmes comes from donors and visitors who come to see the wildlife.


    Integrated development will allow for a sustainable existence between humans and wildlife as the communities no longer seek to kill wildlife who come on to their farms and they do not protect members of the community who engage in poaching. Operating in tandem with community development efforts is a professional security force, using surveillance aircraft, sniffer dog teams and 24 hour monitoring to protect wildlife on Lewa and people in the surrounding communities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To support community development efforts.


    » Through our overarching community development efforts, we will develop programmes to work with local youth to engage them in conservation efforts.
    » We will continue to build and expand the reach of our health care services by covering the costs of healthcare workers to visit remote neighbours.
    » We will continue to expand and improve our school system by building toilet facilities at a local school. This will also improve health standards.

    The success for both aims is measured in having not lost any rhinos to paochers in 2014/'15. Demand for 'Lewa' style engagement has come from communities up to northern border.

    Aim 2

    To bolster security and wildlife protection services.


    » Security staff work under difficult circumstances and at personal risk from poachers. We will continue to ensure they are well equipped and protected.

    Community is actively engaged in security, informing security about potential threats. Morale of staff is bolstered by improved equipment. Success will be having this continue.

  • Impact


    The long term changes will be a tangible improvement in the lives of local communities, improved health care and higher education and literacy rates. Improvements will also include the stabilisation of elephant and rhino populations, ideally an increase in these. There will also be a reduction in human/widlife conflict through education and working with communities to build elephant underpasses, protecting farms and engaging communities to set aside land for wildlife corridors.


    The risks which could affect this project are a lack of funding to support the various aspects; continued unfettered international demand for ivory making prices so high, no deterent is strong enough; and a lack of willingness on the part of the Kenyan Wildlife Services and/or government to enforce anti-poaching laws.


    We report to donors on a regular basis through an Annual Report sent electronically and in paper-form to all supporters and through monthly e-news updates. Additionnaly, our website is regulary updated. We also host several events for donors at which time we report back to them.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £28,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,000 Youth outreach Creation of youth groups, staff professional development, purchase of 2 motor bikes for outreach.
      £2,500 Healthcare Cover costs of healthcare workers providing basic care and training nurses in HIV/AIDS support.
      £6,900 Education Building toilet facilities and purchasing teaching aids for 2 schools
      £11,600 Security Providing new military boots for 150 security team members
  • Background


    Based in northern Kenya, Lewa Wildlife Conservation is an award-winning catalyst and model for community conservation, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features on the IUCN Green List of protected areas.


    In a region traditionally plagued by cattle rustling, skirmishes amongst competing tribes and human encroachment jeopardising migration routes and wildlife numbers, an estimated 50,000 people now benefit directly from Lewa's community development programmes in education, healthcare, water management, infrastructure upgrades, micro-credit support and improved health care

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Lewa is an award-winning catalyst and model for community conservation, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features on the IUCN
    Green List. Lewa is the heart of wildlife conservation, sustainable development and responsible tourism
    in northern Kenya and our successful working model has provided the framework on which many conservation organisations in the
    region are based.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mike Watson - CEO Lewa Wildlife Conservancy - Staff

    Mike oversees security and delivery of the community development programmes. He is accountable for ensuring funds are spent as designated.

    Faith Riunga - Lewa Education Programme Manager - Staff

    Faith will ensure that the toilet facilities are built according to schedule and the teaching supplies are allocated as needed.

    John Kinoti - Commmunity Development Manager - Staff

    John will oversee the implementation of the youth outreach and work with the community based team to broaden its scope as funds become available.

    Lucy Ndirangu - HR Manager -Staff

    Lucy also oversees the clinics and will ensure the appropriate staff is sent on training programmes and that the community outreach efforts succeed.