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Expected Results

a) Environmental conservation (EC)

(i) At the end of the project, proper governance structures for equitable benefit sharing that will promote sustainable utilization and conservation of Taita – Taveta ecosystem will be place.  This arrangement will oversee and bring together all stakeholders in the landscape and develop long-term strategies for better management and utilization of goods and services derived from Taita-ecosystem.

(ii) Formation of water catchment groups and community forest Associations will encourage rehabilitation of the forest in the lower land. This will also focus on riverine and water catchments areas.

(iii) Alternative livelihood will reduce pressure on existing natural resources therefore contributing to biodiversity conservation.

b) Economic development
About 15 community based groups will directly be engaged in nature based activities.
These groups will then be representing indirectly about 20,000 individuals.  Most of these people will be producers and farmers who will be supplying their products to the established markets others will be supplier of materials, transport owners and consumers in general where spiral effect will be realised.

c) Poverty
Most people in lowlands engage in subsistence farming which is faced with varied problems, ranging from crop failure due to drought and human wildlife conflict.  This has left most of people in poor state.  The proposed nature based enterprises is a possible alternatives to crop failure and human wildlife conflict.
Also marketing has been a serious issue to farmers. This has been addressed.  At the end farmers will be setting better income margins and will be in a position to meet their daily needs, including taking their children to school.

Project Beneficiaries

i) Local communities

  • They will benefit by commercially exploiting their nature based products for alternative income.
  • Farmers will have better bargaining power as on organised group for their nature based produce.
  • There has been problem of poor crop failure and human wildlife conflicts in the lower lands. These problems will be partly minimised from the community in engaging in these alternative livelihood practices.
  • Most of the collection of nature based products is done by women and children from the wild which is unsustainable. Now they will be exploiting from established sustainable systems with guaranteed market and better prices.
  • Local community’s capacity to negotiate for these resources will have been enhanced; therefore they will play an active role in biodiversity conservation issues both at local and National level.

ii) Policy makers

The current initiative by the government to strengthen local community’s capacity to participate in resource management and equitably benefit from it will be realised from this project.
Linking livelihood and conservation through nature based enterprises for enhanced ecosystems functioning will be also be realised.

iii) Private sector

Greater opportunities for business and growth are established and enhanced which will also benefit the community in the long run.

iv)   Disadvantaged Groups

The project addresses all groups, mostly targeting the peasant farmers with less income to meet their daily income.  Women and children are the most affected, they normally tap Aloe sap, collect oleogum resins etc.  Therefore this project will have more impact on women and children/youth that collect the said nature based products from the wild.

Timeline and scheduling

This is shown and attached as Appendix ii.

Business Models

It is recommended that the Business models to be used be beneficial to both the individual enterprise and the community in general.

a) Community and private sector partnership in product/s venture
This is recommended where the community will own the product/s and will then negotiate with the private sector partner/s for the promotion of the product/s and sale of the product/s at competitive rates.

b) Individually owned enterprise within the community
A number of individual NBEs having common enterprise/s within the community will partner with each other and they will register and form a collective group. This group will then partner with the private sector entrepreneur who will be the marketing agent of the group’s product/s.

Our Contacts

Tesia Isanga Organization (TIO)

P.O Box 1100 - 00502 Karen
Tel Nos. Nairobi office

P.O Box 1100 - 00502 Karen
Tel Nos. Nairobi office