M Ed, Co- Founder and Chairman of the Board

Conservation


PROTECTING OUR HERITAGE

Recent conservation strategy in the world has proved that conservation areas will be successful only if local communities benefit from it. This project should ensure many benefits to the local Maasai community, including employment and benefit to their livestock.

As agricultural projects increase in rural Africa, it seems that most rural people would much rather see the wild animals killed, because they compete for land. One cannot blame this attitude, since in most cases wildlife represents a nuisance factor for people, whereas agriculture even on a subsistence level, offers them survival and some sort of income.

This survival mode can be changed and wilderness areas maintained if the local communities benefit from wilderness areas and wildlife. Eco-tourism and wilderness trails in such areas where people live among the wild animals, offers ongoing income to the local people. In this way preservation of wild areas and animals is see in a more positive light.




"The day should begin and end with a sense of complete freedom that nothing belongs to you, you owe nothing and nothing is owed to you."


by Don Richards- from Reflections on Wilderness

This is what the Walking with Maasai team are attempting to do through this community based Eco-tourism initiative and environmental education program. If this proves successful, poaching of wild animals and the destruction of the environment along the wildlife corridor and the Naimina Enkiyio Forest should be minimized and eventually brought to minimal levels.