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Sustaining Mara Conservancies During and Beyond COVID-19 Webinar Fact Sheet
On the 5th of June 2020 MMWCA hosted a live panel presentation on the state of Mara Conservancies during the COVID19 crisis. Presenting panelist included:
- Daniel Sopia – CEO, MMWCA
- Francis Nkoitoi – Mara Conservancies Council Chairman, MMWCA
- Greg Monson – Kicheche Camps
The panel was moderated by Judy Kepher-Gona, Director of the Sustainable Travel and Tourism Agenda. The webinar was attended live on zoom by 152 individuals and has reached an audience of 5,600 people on Facebook.
The following points were highlighted in the webinar:
- The Mara conservancies have doubled the land under conservation in the Mara. The conservancies provide direct payments to landowners, support livelihood initiatives to communities, and secure thriving habitat for wildlife. The Mara conservancies are a great model
- All conservancies partners are standing together to ensure the Mara conservancies remain resilient during the COVID19 crisis.
- Landowners are accepting a 50% reduction in lease payments until July 2021.
- Tourism Partners in the conservancies are taking on significant debt to remain solvent and meet the 50% lease payments to landowners.
- Conservancies will continue to operate during this crisis.
- Rangers will remain paid and operational as the number one priority of the conservancies.
- Conservancies will continue to practice good rangelands management to support pastoralist livelihood activities.
- Conservancies have worked hard to reduce their overheads to a minimal viable operational expense while maintaining critical functionality.
Questions from the community:
Over 40 questions were submitted during the Q&A session. Key questions which were answered during the webinar:
The COVID19 pandemic is unprecedented. The scale of tourism disruption experienced now is changing the way Mara conservancies will prepare for the future. MMWCA is supporting the diversification of revenue streams for conservancies through options such as carbon credits and livestock programs. Conservancies in partnership with MMWCA are developing plans for greater reserves. Additionally, tourism partners in the Mara continue to strengthen their business structures to plan for longer disruptions. Together, these supplementary approaches support the original partnership between communities and tourism in the conservancies.
MMWCA and the conservancies boards have gone to great lengths to establish consultative and open communication during the challenging limitations imposed by COVID19. Local radio, telecommunications, and mobilizing direct communication methods have been critical in lieu of being able to meet as a large group. The support from landowners has been noteworthy.
Download the presentation here
A cultural landscape where communities and partners secure wildlife and sustainable livelihoods for a better future.
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