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Kenya

In Kenya, the Transformative Pathways project is designed to build a collaborative framework to support the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on a national level. This is done through embedding local community and indigenous contributions into national strategies and reporting. 

Key participants in this country’s project are the Ogiek community of Mt. Elgon and local communities in Bungoma and Trans Nzoia counties, and six pastoral communities in Narok, Samburu and West Pokot counties. 

The project in Kenya is implemented by two organisations – the Chepkitale Indigenous Peoples Development Project (CIPDP) and the Indigenous Information Network (IIN). 

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Project Update April 2024

This Project Update, published in April 2024, brings together updates from the Transformative Pathways partners on their key activities and work undertaken since the start of the project in 2022.   Capacity building sessions on biodiversity monitoring have been a key part of the first phase…
11.04.24
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Learning new skills on planting and restoration to achieve food security. Photo credits: IIN

Food sovereignty in Maasai, Samburu and Pokot communities in relation to their traditional knowledge

The Maasai, Samburu and Pokot are semi nomadic pastoralist communities in Kenya who migrate within semi- arid lowlands to obtain water and pasture for their livestock. Their lifestyle centres around their cattle which constitute their primary source of food, and for them wealth is measured…
02.04.24
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Second Transformative Pathways In-Person Meeting 

In February 2024, twelve project partners of the Transformative Pathways consortium gathered for the second in-person planning and review meeting at Laboot, Chepkitale in Kenya. The meeting hosted nearly 80 participants, including representatives of all organisations, and local community members of the Ogiek of Mt…
02.04.24
A new dawn Mt.Elgon forest. Photo by Dickence, CIPDP

Report on baseline study of the existing policy frameworks for IPLCs on recognition of land rights and indigenous and local knowledge in the context of biodiversity conservation in Kenya

The baseline study of the current policy framework for IPLCs on recognition of land rights and indigenous and local knowledge in the context of biodiversity conservation in Kenya is a project of the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP). The objectives of the consultancy assignment were to…
07.03.24
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Local artists perform “moomi olee kerkeey kooreenyoo”, a song about the splendor

Conservation through application of traditional practices and indigenous knowledge

Indigenous communities are perhaps the only groups of people in Africa who still maintain their traditional values and culture. Often, their way of life is dictated by their environment and available natural resources, and to live in harmony with nature, they have to develop ways…
04.12.23
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Demonstration on quadrat method of data collection

Community Based Biodiversity monitoring

ICCS training on biodiversity monitoring methods The Interdisciplinary Centre For Conservation Science (ICCS) is a research group based in the Department of Biology, University of Oxford. Through research and collaboration across the world, the ICCS and its fellows work at the interface of social and…
04.12.23

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Key Activities

  • Supporting the process of registering community lands 
  • Supporting a rights-based approach to conservation
  • Supporting the development of “Knowledge Centers” where traditional knowledge will be documented, shared and used
  • Supporting the development, by the involved communities, of monitoring systems to assess key biodiversity indicators as chosen by them (key species, ecosystem health, traditional occupations) 
  • Supporting traditional economies to improve livelihoods 
  • Supporting collaboration between communities, conservation agencies and policy makers 
  • Supporting the strengthening of the CBD implementation through learning from actions made at the community level 
A Jubilant Ogiek Woman (Teresa Chemosop) Celebrates During Community Assemblies at Laboot, Mt. Elgon. Kenya
A Jubilant Ogiek Woman (Teresa Chemosop) Celebrates During Community Assemblies at Laboot, Mt. Elgon. Photo by Mutai/CIPDP
Samburu Indigenous Peoples doing Community Resource Mapping at Kiltamany, Kenya
Samburu Indigenous Peoples doing Community Resource Mapping at Kiltamany. Photo by Indigenous Information Network (IIN)