At Wild Impact, we are committed to supporting local communities to restore and conserve their land through a regenerative conservation model. We aim to create space and resources for all communities, their enterprises and wildlife. On our learning sites, together with the local communities we have adopted a Holistic Management approach through which we intend to improve biodiversity alongside improved livelihoods.
In Kenya, on the edge of the Mara Serengeti Ecosystem, there is a lot of pressure to balance economic growth with environmental protection. The Wood family are the first in the area to restore farmland back into its natural state. Our conservation approach works on improving community livelihoods through improved livestock grazing management and in turn improving wildlife grazing habitats and generating income through ecotourism.
Social, environmental and economic factors cannot be separated from each other: changes in one will also produce (often negative) changes in the others; hence management must focus on all outcomes, not just some. At Wild Impact we share practical frameworks for managing complexity.
LIVESTOCK AND WILDLIFE
The projected benefits from i) sustainable livestock production in areas that buffer national parks or conservation zones and ii) payments for ecosystem services and iii) conservation fees through ecotourism could offer a more sustainable economic future than traditional land uses, such as maize or charcoal production particularly in more remote areas.
ECOTOURISM AND COMMUNITIES
Rewilding and Holistic Management relies on people making a collective decision to explore an alternative future for their land. Those who own and derive their income from the land are central to making this decision.
Establishing rewilding areas, and striving to make these prime destinations for wildlife based tourism, has the potential to bring significant economic benefits through tourism which are felt and shared locally through jobs, conservation fees and improved livestock systems.
"WIDESPREAD CONVERSION OF LAND FROM WILDLIFE HABITAT TO FARMING IS THE NORM IN KENYA, THIS IS A RESTORATION CASE, A POWERFUL CASE STUDY WHERE AGRICULTURAL LAND HAS BEEN CONVERTED BACK TO WILDLIFE HABITAT. IT IS VISIONARY OF TARQUIN AND LIPPA AND I BELIEVE IT IS AN AWARD WINNING STORY THAT NEEDS TO BE SHARED"
DICKSON OLE KAELO , CHAIRMAN OF KENYA CONSERVANCIES ASSOCIATION
“YOU ARE DOING GREAT WORK FOR PEOPLE, LIVESTOCK AND CONSERVATION. THANK YOU FOR PAVING THE WAY FOR OTHERS
WHO WILL SURELY FOLLOW YOU."
ROBIN REID, DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRE FOR COLLABORATIVE CONSERVATION