About our programmes

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This office coordinates the implementation of all WWF activities in the country. In 1973 WWF purchased private land around Lake Nakuru to allow for the enlargement of Lake Nakuru National Park for the conservation of flamingoes.

Species

This entails the protection of flagship species which include the African elephant and the black rhino as well as Community based natural resources management.

Black rhino

WWF has supported black rhino conservation and management in Kenya since 1984. Funding goes into translocation, capacity building, community awareness, individual identification and protection of rhinos. WWF Kenya supports about 80% of the Kenya Wildlife Service’s rhino conservation. Through these interventions, there has generally been an increase of rhino population.

Human-elephant conflict

This pilot project started in 1999 in the Transmara area of Kenya. It supports local Maasai communities to mitigate human elephant conflicts. Elephant population in the area is on the rise and now stands at 594 from 250 in 1997.

Freshwater

Lake Naivasha Landscape

WWF is implementing the ‘One Lake Naivasha For All Programme’ supported by Royal Netherlands Embassy Nairobi. The programme aims to secure investments through sustainable management of the ecosystem for people, business and nature, an example of a green economy. With support from DFiD (through WWF-UK), WWF-Kenya focuses climate change adaptation in the
landscape.

Mara River Basin

WWF’s Mara River Basin Initiative aims to ensure good quality and adequate water supply from the Mara River for sustainable ecosystem functioning and basic human needs. The initiative’s work is in both Kenya and Tanzania that share the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem. Focus has been vested on the restoration of the Mau Complex (a key water tower for Africa), environmental flows assessment, and Biodiversity Strategic Action Plan. These are through strategic partnerships with the Water Resources Users’ Associations, Kenya Forest Service, and Lake Victoria Basin Commission among others.

Coastal Kenya

Kwale Landscape

Work in this area has been ongoing for over 20 years. The initial focus was on supporting the National Museums of Kenya in conservation of the Mijikenda Sacred Kaya Forests. As a result of the support, more than 45 Kaya Forests across coast region were gazetted as National Monuments,while 9 sites were enlisted as World Heritage Sites. WWF also works in the Kwale landscape with government, private sector and local communities to promote sustainable forest management practices, good governance in natural resources management and community livelihood
improvement.

Kiunga Marine

WWF is implementing the Kiunga Marine National Reserve Conservation and Development Project in Lamu County, Kenya. The Project’s main objective is to safeguard biodiversity and maintain the areas’s ecological and physical integrity. The work also focuses on establishment and strengthening of village-based beach management units, maintenance of the fisheries database, educating communities on sustainable fisheries, and increased community involvement in turtle conservation.

Boni Dodori Sustainable Forest Management

WWF has developed a 5-year strategic action plan to promote livelihoods of forest and pastoralist communities while sustaining management of forests in Lamu County.

Cross-cutting programmes

Education for Sustainable Development

This project aims to empower communities, schools and regional partners with knowledge and capability to ensure sustainable use and management of natural resources. The project works with selected schools as the main center of focus through the ‘Whole School Approach’. This component is also implemented in Lake Victoria region and the Mara River Basin in Kenya and Tanzania.

Strengthening Civil Society

The Civil Society Programme facilitates governance and civil society engagement in policy, advocacy and implementation in Kenya. This includes support of the formation of the National Environment Civil Society Alliance of Kenya (NECSA-K). This is a platform for environment-based civil society organizations to advocate and articulate issues on the environment and natural
resources in Kenya. Currently, WWF is the current secretariat and host to the alliance.

Nature-based events

Nature Challenge Africa

This is a business plan competition targeting entrepreneurs supporting green businesses in Africa and specifically Kenya. It is an initiative by WWF Kenya in collaboration with National Environment Trust Fund. For the last three years more than 200 investment grade business plans have been submitted. More than 15 entrepreneurs have been supported through the initiative.

Earth Hour

WWF annually holds the Earth Hour Event. This aims at sensitizing people of the importance of using natural resources e.g. energy sustainably. It involves individuals, institution or groups switching off lights for one hour as sign of commitment to environmental sustainability. This year the event was successfully celebrated in Nairobi and Kisumu.

Facts

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1962
WWF starts active conservation work in Kenya.

1973
WWF purchases private land around Lake Nakuru
to allow for the expansion of Lake Nakuru National Park for the conservation of flamingos.

565
Number of local farmers involved in the Payment for Environmental Services pilot project in Lake Naivasha Basin.

45
Number of Kaya (sacred) Forests gazetted as National Heritage Sites along
the Kenyan coast.

98%
The black rhino population declined from 20,000 rhinos in 1970 to about 350 in 1983. However, the population is slowly recovering and now stands at about 700 individuals.

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