propose management for the Mara Groups new plan MBURU BY SOTOMON Thelandwhich wasformerly ownedjointlybythe CCPFwhich will act as a management for the area pastoralistcommunitieswasmainly usedaspas- surrounding the Mara reserve. Efforts to reinforcethe bufer zonesurrounding ture groundsforbothlivestockandwildlife. game Etforts reinforce to According to David Henson from CDC, the Dwindling revenuesfrom livestock produc- framework will enable communities to devel- the MasaiMara GameReserve have receiveda tion due to changingweather patterns and the buffer reserue's zone op pariicipatory management plans for their new boost with the start of a processmeant to I The Marasunounded West, Masai is onthe areas. createa management plan for the area. failure oftourismtoprovide enoughincomesfor North tast group and by ownedMaasai ranches by "It will be flexible and easily usable by commu- Improving conservationand tourism devel- the pastoralistsdueto poor management led has c0mmunities the and on SouthisiheTanzanian nities themselvesand it will enable communities opmentin the areais seen asthe onlywayof eas- to subdivision of land, creating opportunity for border. to plan for sustainable destination developmentj' ingpressure onthe Marareserve providing changinglanduse. and Wheatfarmshavesprungup in areas were that ranch are of greater rlhe group areas part the saidMrHenson. better incomes for communities surrounding formerly rangelandsfor free roaming wildlife. Mara-Serengeti and ecosystem provide dispersal Once complete, the framework will provide the reserve. Astakeholders' forum organised Basecamp by Settlementssuch as Tialek,Itong, Lolaimu- for areaswildlife. clear zonesfor wildlife, Iivestock pastures, human Foundation, broughttogethergroupranches, in- tia and Sekenanihave also sprung up blocking I lmprovrngconservation andtourism settlements and areas open for development of vestorsand representatives governmentbod- wildlife dispersalroutesand adding pressureto of inthe is as only of developmentareaseen the way tourism facilities. ieswho resolved pushfor a management to plan availablewildlife rangelands. easing 0nthe reserve providing pressure Mara and According to Mr Lars Lindkvist from Base- thatwill guideutilisation of ecological resources According to the Masai Mara senior War- betterincomesfor sunounding communities the camp Foundation, the frameworkforthe areas inthe area. den, Mr James Sindiyo, growth of the towns, reserve. surrounding the Mara should also be in harmony The MasaiMara is surrounded on the West "presentsseriousproblems for conservationin withthe management plan of the Mara reserve. North andEastby groupranchesownedby Maa- thefuture." "It needs to be harmonised with that of the sai communities and on the Southis the Tbnza- F\rrtherexpansion ofthesetownsis fearedwill resources be utilised without having a nega- will reservesince itis part of the same ecosystemj'he nianborder. cause permanentdisruption of wildlife habitats tive effecton the ecosystem. said. Already several institutions which include The group ranch areasarepart ofthe greater creating problems as seenin Kitengel4 where The Conservation Development Centre( Basecamp Foundation and the African Conserva- Mara-serengetiecosystem and provide disper- human settlementshave completelylocked off CDC) has already formulated a draft proposal tion Center have offered to support the process sal areasfor wildlife moving through the eco- wildlife irside the Nairobi National Park for amanagementplan that can provide abasis through capacitybuilding and tunding. system. To prevent this, stakeholders are pushing for discwsion by stakeholders.CDC which also Past efforts to bring together group ranches Changing of thela.nd ,however, use has sound- for a managementplan for the area to be for- createdmanagementplans forAmboseli, Tbavq have failed due to vast interests in the Mara edtheatarmbellsamong conservationists see mulated. who and Meru ConservationArea formulatedthe has whidr range from political, economic and so- it asathreattotheecologicalbalance ofthe area. A management planwill outline how the Mara Community Conserv'ation planning Ftamework cialinterests.
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