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Creating a Win-Win Investment in Kenya

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Charlotte Kaiser, Taryn Goodman

The Nature Conservancy's Deputy Managing Director, NatureVest; The Nature Conservancy's Director of Investment Partnerships, NatureVest

June 2015

Samuel Brown visits pastoralists at Loisaba Wilderness in Laikipia in Northern Kenya. Photo © Ami Vitale
Samuel Brown visits pastoralists at Loisaba Wilderness in Laikipia in Northern Kenya. Photo © Ami Vitale

The Nature Conservancy has spent the last 64 years conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Working in all 50 states and more than 35 countries, the Conservancy seeks solutions that balance human well-being and natural resource preservation. This need for balance is acutely felt in the northern rangelands of Kenya, where the pastoralist Samburu and Masai tribes herd their cattle alongside dwindling herds of elephants, rhinos and lions.

The grasslands of Kenya are important to the survival of both humans and wildlife. Unfortunately, the increasing populations of pastoralist tribes and their cattle threaten the area’s natural equilibrium. Overgrazing by cattle, sheep and goats in addition to climate change has resulted in desertification, the reduction of land available as wildlife habitat and poaching due to decreased incomes.

To enable pastoralists and wildlife to flourish together, The Nature Conservancy has been working with the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) for over a decade to engage with local community conservancies to counteract the degradation of these important grasslands.

Read the full article for more from Charlotte Kaiser, Deputy Managing Director for NatureVest at The Nature Conservancy and Taryn Goodman, NatureVest's Director of Investment Partnerships.


Originally Posted on The Journal of Sustainable Finance and Banking

June 26, 2015