The Key Role of Communities

The CCFA acknowledges the key role played by rural communities and plans to establish a forum that serves as a platform for communities to participate and contribute directly to the discourse on development and biodiversity conservation.

The CCFA together with the wildlife partners explores sustainable conservation ideas and strategies to achieve biodiversity. It tests and evaluates mechanisms that will preserve and, better still, expand habitats and will serve to promote mechanisms to preserve all wild species including insects – the very building blocks for the survival of all species.

The intention is to establish ‘best practice’ arrangements that focus on generating an improved yield on wild land to reduce the risks of biodiversity loss and thus discourage local communities from converting their lands into mono agricultural use that would lead to permanent biodiversity loss. The current land use predicaments in Kenya’s Maasai Mara are a vivid example of this problem.

We, together with our partners, identify training support, particularly linked to social media, as a significant area that would enable rural communities to engage directly in debates on pragmatic solutions to sustain their wild flora and fauna populations.


The small projects programme provides immediate benefits to the recipients and report back in subsequent years will provide incentives for future donor-beneficiary relationships.

We are introducing a scholarship programme that will focus on indigenous conservationists directly involved in tourism. There will be continuity as the recipients will be attending subsequent conferences such as the Conservation Lab under the aegis of the CCFA Foundation providing report backs on their various projects.

Third, the scientific conservation papers that are presented at the annual conferences under the aegis of the CCFA Foundation will become items for publication in the international media and will form the basis of meaningful conservation debates going forward. In other words, the Lab and other conferences will become a significant source of conservation thinking.

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