SOCIO-ECONOMIC & COMMUNITY LIVELIHOOD
The programme is to nurture land and the habitats for the people, livestock, agriculture production and for the realization of socio-economic aspirations of the AE; to eradicate poverty and to protect the environment for the community to prosper and thrive within a sustainable framework.
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS, EDUCATION AND AWARENESS CREATION
The maintenance of community conservation areas through contiguous landscapes remains critical for conservation and for the Maasai way of life. Creating awareness on human-wildlife conflict, environmental education and improving livestock conditions aim to safeguard and rehabilitate rangelands.
COMMUNITY CONSERVANCIES SUPPORT
The establishment and development of wildlife conservancies in Amboseli ecosystem was elicited by the 1990s conservancies revolution that sparked conservation interest from different communities across the county. As a deviation from the protectionist model of conserving biological resource in state protected areas (parks and reserves) proponents of adaptive management wished to expand space for wildlife through enlisting individual and communal landowners in managing and similarly deriving economic benefits from wildlife. To achieve meaningful results from the above assertion, landowners began the process of establishing conservancies by delineating substantial tracts of land that suits the ecological needs of wildlife species
AET and its partner Justdiggit have embarked on a combination of old traditional systems and new techniques focusing on grazing management, soil conservation and rain water harvesting. The traditional Maasai Olopololi plots have enabled badly degraded lands to recover from extensive grazing and by erecting temporary enclosures that control elephants to allow deforested areas to become woodland again at a surprisingly fast rate! With resultant positive influence on the local climate and biodiversity evident; since it cools down the area by providing shade cover for animals, birds, insects as well as food.
The Olopololi is an old traditional Maasai grazing area reserved for the young livestock and siring bulls which went out of practice. AET with its partner Justdiggit supported the communities of AE to re-institute the old systems of natural resource governance and subsequent reintroduction of dry season grazing areas, combined with olopololis near homesteads and grass seed banks. The grass seed banks undertaken as project for women has enabled the Maasai women to generate income from the plots by harvesting seeds and grass for fodder.
AET believes the key to success of projects is in mobilization and ownership by the local communities, represented by their institutions. An example is the Grazing Committees for the various zones who are responsible for executing the collective decisions of the community in matters of pasture management, livestock movements and water for livestock. AET sustains continuous interactions and work closely with community institutions such as group ranches, the conservancies and the respective partners in government and in NGOs.