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Enonkishu Conservancy

Overview
Projects

As this conservancy currently has no tourism partners and the landowners have not yet signed up, there are large areas of land that have been overgrazed close to the various Maasai homesteads. Once the conservancy is established and habitat restoration programs implemented the potential for biodiversity improvement is vast.

Cattle Project: The aims of this project are to create a world class working cattle ranching model, to educate and empower the Maasai community within Enonkishu Conservancy, and to sustainably manage pastures and livestock. By partnering with ENSDA (The Ewaso Nyiro South Development Agency), Olerai Farm and Enonkishu Conservancy, the Maasai rangelands can be managed to produce profitable and sustainable beef cattle by increasing the value and productivity of cattle and by reducing the cattle numbers. Alongside grazing management and cattle management training, the plans include creating a feedlot, abattoir and genetic improvement programs.

Honey Project: In partnership with African Beekeepers Ltd, with 300 hives within the conservancy, the project aims to increase this number to 2000 hives by 2013. The Enonkishu Women's Group look after the hives and sell the honey to ABL. The women are not involved in the management of the honey production aside from providing security to the hives, but all women own shares in the beehives.

Sustainable Charcoal and Reforestation Project: Unfortunately, the demand for charcoal is huge - and growing - which places enormous pressure on the conservancy’s forests and woodlands. The proposal is to set up a sustainable charcoal production system through innovative methods of improving efficiency in charcoal production (type of material used, species selection/growth and yield models, harvesting techniques, kiln structure, quality etc), and through creating awareness and improving education in the surrounding areas by creating a Charcoal Stakeholder Association.   As a separate but related part of this project, trials are being conducted on briquettes made from maize by-products, which will be alternatives to firewood.  Hand-in-hand with this initiative will be riverbank restoration and tree replanting programs.

Reports
Established: 27th February 2010
Size: 4000 Ha (approx. 40 land parcels) and will expand by 800 Ha every year
Local
Partners:
No operating tourism partners
Conservancy
fees
1000/- residents and $60 non residents per day
Tourism
Density:
1 bed per 750 acres
More Info: www.enonkishu.org