Photo Credit: Northern Rangelands Trust

Engaging the local community to conserve the Beisa Oryx

17.02.2021

CONSERVATION PROBLEM

It is estimated that only 8’000 Beisa Oryx individuals remain in the wild. Habitat destruction, hunting and competition with livestock for pasture has threatened the future of this antelope. In the Nakuprat-Gotu Community Conservancy in northern Kenya, the species is constantly threatened as local pastoralists supplement livestock income with hunted bush meat to buffer against the consequences of unpredictable rainfall.  

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

  • Continue previous conservation efforts by focusing them on sustainable land management:
  • Provide alternative revenue for hunters;
  • Reduce subsistence poaching and habitat destruction, as well as reduce charcoal burning;
  • Raise awareness of the Beisa Oryx conservation efforts by explaining their importance to the local community.

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

  • Engage the local community by holding board meetings, focus group discussions and awareness session in schools;
  • Conduct a baseline mapping exercise that will illustrate Beisa oryx habitats, grazing patterns and threats to their growth, as well as establish the current oryx population;
  • Support 20 Oryx monitoring rangers to collect data and monitor wildlife;
  • Elect village-based committees to address habitat destruction and degradation:
  • Set up a vocational training model to support more sustainable enterprise by training 90 men and 90 women on varied skills then issue them with equipment to start their business.

This project is a part of the IUCN SOS African Wildlife initiative, which is funded by the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG Devco) through its B4Life initiative.



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