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Community Conservation Development of Lake Turkana- Kenya

Objectives: The development goal of the Project is to contribute, through the systemic improvement and diversification of present forms of environmental resources use, to the planning and management of biological diversity conservation, of natural and cultural resources and to the development of sustainable livelihoods in the arid zones of Lake Turkana area. Both
Protected Areas and their buffer zones are taken in consideration, where the quality level of livelihoods and the productivity of renewable natural resources are closely connected in a fragile web of inter-dependency.
Sectorial Topic (Note): Sustainable land use management, including water, soil and vegetation in affected areas
Actor(s)[Nation(Ministry, Agency)/Organization]: General Directorate for Cooperation for Development of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Italy); University of Pavia
Contents: The project was identified and formulated within the “Policy Framework and Development Programme ” of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS),to be implemented in close partnership with the National Museum of Kenya (NMK).
Means of Implementation: Sustainable use of renewable natural resources management in and around the Protected Areas, aimed at improving the livelihoods of the local population.
Conservation of wildlife and natural resources, and preservation of ecological balances vital to sustainable development and biodiversity conservation in Northern Kenya Protected Areas.
Production and diffusion of information on potential uses and development of environmental and ethno-biologic resources, to conserve and enhance the value of traditional knowledge.
Target year: 2004
Target Area/Place: Kenya - Lake Turkana
Expected Outcome(S): A Decision Support System (DSS) is formulated through in-service training and involvement of national institutions, to allow KWS,NMK and district authorities decide on alternative social and economic development initiatives, based on ecosystem features vital to the sustainability of the same initiatives.
Technologies and methodologies are identified for the sustainable use of natural resources and social, economic and environmental indicators are defined, and all this information is included in the DSS.
Links and synergies are developed between the Project and local and international institutions concerned with development, conservation, health and tourism issues in the region.
Participatory methodologies, including Primary Environmental Care, are adopted and diffused in the planning and management of sustainable development initiatives.
A number of micro-projects for integrated and sustainable natural resources use are implemented, and community rotating funds are established, aiming at income- generating activities.
Primary Health Care activities are implemented in the area.
The Desert Museum is set-up, organised and operational.
Relevance to the Plan of Implementation of WSSD: This project addresses several priority actions identified in the plan of implementation which are related to:
- capacity building
- decision support system
- eco-tourism
- environment sustainability
- poverty alleviation
Other Information:
(Contact): Dr. Alfredo Guillet
Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Directorate General for Development Cooperation
Phone: +
Address: Via Contarini, 25 00194 Roma
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