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Conservancies donate funds for drought response activities

by kenya-tribune

Five community conservancies in Isiolo county through the Northern Kenya Rangelands Carbon Project (NKRCP) have contributed 5% of proceeds from the sale of carbon credits this year to the County Government.

This to help boost drought response activities such as provision of relief food and water trucking to the most affected regions of the county.

The money, totaling to Ksh 9.1 Million was yesterday received by the County Governor Abdi Ibrahim Guyo, who lauded the move by the management of the five community conservancies to respond to his appeal for corporate organizations, NGOs and other people of good will to lend a helping hand in an effort to ensure that not a single human being succumbs to the ravages of the current prolonged drought situation.

The Northern Kenya Rangelands Carbon Project has helped the five conservancies which are Nasuulu, Nakuprat-Gotu, Biliqo-Bulesa, Oldonyiro and Leparua to generate a total of Kshs 36 Million each from the sale of carbon credits to the international voluntary market, with the management of the said conservancies setting aside 5% of the funds each to help in drought response activities.

Governor Guyo urged the people of Isiolo to embrace proper rangeland management practices such as controlled grazing patterns and tree planting, in order to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change and at the same time generate more carbon credits for sale in the international voluntary market, with the proceeds directly benefitting the local population.

The CEO, Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) Tom Lalampaa said that the Carbon Project aims at removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and is very compatible with the pastoralist way of life, with herders being encouraged to embrace and strictly adhere to proper grazing patterns and plant as many trees as possible in order to achieve the goal.

The participating 14 community conservancies from Isiolo, Marsabit, Laikipia and Samburu will receive funds from the project annually for the next 20 years, money that they can use to carry out development projects and provide bursaries for learners in their respective areas.

Both Governor Guyo and Lalampaa agreed to prioritize the process of registration of community land in order to eliminate the threat of land grabbing and enable the respective pastoralist communities to own and invest in their land.

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