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2nd Annual Rangeland Congress 2016

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Tue, 2016-11-29 12:14 - Wed, 2016-11-30 12:14
KCB Leadership Centre in Karen

The 2nd Annual Rangelands Congress held at KCB Leadership Centre in Karen brought together a myriad participants ranging from landowners, range practitioners, representatives of research and academic institutions, representatives of county and national government, and local and international NGO’s.

The congress themed ‘Rangelands Health and Security in a dynamic landscape’ was officially opened by Mr. Abdelkader Bensada, a UNEP Programme Management Officer for terrestrial ecosystem management including integrated landscape approach. 

Mr. Abdelkader Bensada (UNEP Programme Management Officer)

Photo credit: Hannah Kamau


 He emphasized the need for healthy rangelands in order to sequester more carbon. ‘Restoring degraded rangelands may provide the most effective way to ensure rapid sequestration of carbon, sustainably managing rangelands and protecting them from conversion to other uses. This is the most effective way to ensure that their soil carbon stocks are maintained.’

In his remarks, he outlined the benefits of rangelands saying that most of them have been largely ignored or marginalized by mainstream economic and agriculture development policy for several decades. He concluded by acknowledging the livestock herders and pastoralists for being environmental stewards of rangelands.

The congress was a two day event that covered:-

 1. Multi-level reciprocal governance in Rangelands

 2. Economic options of conserving rangelands

3. Rangelands as the last commodity frontier and

4. Partnerships for rangelands resource assessment and monitoring. 

2nd Annual Rangeland Congress on Rangelands Health and Security in a dynamic Landscape, held at KCB Leadership Centre, Karen. 29th – 30th November, 2016, Photo credit: Hannah kamau

Prof Jesse Njoka (Director, ADIS) and Dr. David Western ( Chairman African Consevation Centre ACC) after the session (Photo credit: Hannah Kamau)

Prof Njoka with University of Nairobi students (Photo credit: Hannah Kamau)

Dr. Staline Kibet (Lecturer at the University of Nairobi) asking a question during one of the plenary question (Photo credit: Hannah Kamau)

The congress came to a close after a short speech from Hon. Ole Lenku (former Cabinet Minister of Internal security) who asked the youth, researchers, young leaders and county members to marry the technology and the indigenous knowledge to improve the livelihoods of the pastoralists as well as have productive rangelands, because pastoralism as a way of life has already been validated.


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