Under the patronage of The President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Lale’enok Resource Centre
The African Conservation Centre (ACC) working with the South Rift Association of Landowners (SORALO) has set up the Lale’enok Resource Centre with conservation research and planning in mind. The centre is named after the traditional Maasai scouts who gather information vital to the welfare of their families and herds. The Lale’enok Resource centre in the South Rift Valley forms the hub where communities, scientists and conservationists come together to gather and share information pertaining to natural resource management. It provides the physical location for the coordination of information gathering and dissemination, and makes collaboration easy.
It also provides the local communities with the tools for information generation and exchange and allows for innovative and valuable forms of local income generation, through research-based tourism activities. Run by the Olkiramatian Women’s Group Community and rooted in the traditional coexistence between Maasai and wildlife, the centre epitomises the value of the growing number of conservancies that have enabled the increase and conservation of biodiversity. The conservancies also double as traditional grass banks that cut livestock losses in drought, promote rotational grazing and ease competition between wildlife and livestock.
NOTES: Great developing world case study, perfect information exchange between scientists, conservationists, indigenous, and students.
DISPLAY: Imagery and some video available from ACC and SORALO showing the centre.
Participants: African Conservation Centre (ACC), South Rift Association of Landowners (SORALO)