• Bringing our heads together for a common goal: protecting our wildlife.
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  • Africa Conservation Centre

    Hekima Road, Karen, Nairobi

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Our History

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VISION

a unified voice on governance of natural resources and biodiversity

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MISSION

Sustained advocacy.

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MANDATE

sustainable ecosystems where people nature and economy thrive.

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Core Values

  • + Embracing diversity through focused and effective collaboration,
  • + partnership and engagement (Diversity).
  • + Upholding integrity, transparency and accountability (Ethics and good governance)
  • + Pursue innovative, creative initiatives and interventions (sustainability) and
  • + Recognition of professionalism and technical expertise within the members (respect for others)
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OUR HISTORY AND FOCUS
The aim of the First Conference of NGOs focused on promoting collaboration between wildlife conservation NGOs, donor community and government. The conference held at the Enashipai Lodge and Spa, Naivasha from 26-28 January 2015 attracted one hundred and three participants from civil society, the government - Prof Judi Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Director General General, Kenya Wildlife Service, Dr Manu Chandaria the Founding Chairman of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA); and Ambassadors/High Commissioners - Christian Turner, the British High Commissioner to Kenya; Mr. David Drinkard, the Deputy Economic Counsellor of the US Embassy in Kenya; Ms. Juniper Neill, Kenya-Director, Environment and Natural Resource Management Office, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); Mr. Michel van Winden, the Deputy Permanent Representative, the Netherlands Embassy in Kenya; Ms. Farrah Musani, the first Secretary of political affairs, The Canadian High Commission (CHC); Mr. Mark Patry, Programme Specialist, UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa; Mr Javier Montano, the Drug Control and Crime Prevention Officer, United Nations Office; Ms. Bianca Notarbatolo, Illegal Wildlife Trade expert, United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) among others.

The theme of the conference was “Together for Kenya’s Wildlife”. Click this link to access the conference report.

The meeting was organized by the interim committee of conservation NGOs constituted during a breakfast meeting convened by Prof Judi Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources on 27th November 2014. During this meeting, participants discussed the formation, registration, and institutionalization of an independent national NGO umbrella body for wildlife conservation and management in Kenya.

Although the civil societies complement government efforts outside protected areas, there is a multiplicity of processes and frameworks designed to facilitate conservation, and coordination amongst non-state actors are limited or lacking. Therefore, to ensure there is effective coordination and strengthen the capacity of civil societies through cross-learning opportunities, participate in policymaking dialogue, and contribute to appropriate negotiations at national, regional and international levels necessitated the formation of CAK.

Conservation Alliance of Kenya (CAK) is a limited liability membership registered and incorporated under the Companies Act, in Kenya on 22 December 2016. Membership is composed of International NGOs, National NGOs and CBOs with fifty-five members. CAK acts as a catalyst and information exchange platform for civil societies to articulate and advocate for proactive solutions to natural resources and biodiversity threats and governance with a unified voice at the local, national, regional and global levels.

To fulfil the mandate CAK will strive to
a) To coordinate and strengthen the capacity of members through cross learning opportunities, innovation and knowledge sharing.
b) To enhance partnerships and collaboration with county and national government towards good governance, spur economic growth and strike a balance between development and conservation.
c) To mitigate threats and challenges affecting natural resources and biodiversity governance such as harmonize coexistence, ecosystem connectivity and benefit sharing.

CAK’s offers a common platform for increased accountability and transparency on governance and conservation of natural resources and biodiversity in Kenya and the East Africa region.

a) To conduct advocacy on cross cutting policy and law, sector related issues, cross learning, knowledge sharing and negotiations at the county, national, regional and global levels.
b) Enhance partnerships and collaboration among civil society organizations to address threats and challenges and to promote coexistence and spur economic growth.
c) Capacity building of members to enhance networks and represent the sector effectively at all levels.

CAK’s mandate as the voice of civil society is fulfilled with sustainable ecosystems, where people, nature and economy thrives by:
a) Providing a platform for its members to engage in relevant public policy.
b) Represent the civil society sector in policy and law formulation in collaboration with government, Judiciary, Senate and National Assembly.
c) Provide leadership and common voice of the civil society on issues related to natural resources and biodiversity governance and conservation.
d) Linking natural resources and biodiversity sector contributions to the national agenda and budgeting process.

CAK focuses on the following five strategic objectives
a) Create a unified platform in advocating and lobbying for favorable policies, laws and regulations with government, Judiciary, Senate and National Assembly, strengthen the voice at national, regional and international conventions, engage the community (IPLC, women and youth) in delivery of programs in the natural resources and biodiversity sector and lobby for recognition of Natural Capital contribution to GDP.
b) Partnerships, collaborations and stakeholders’ engagement to facilitate CAK’s approaches on cross sectoral issues around sustainable landscapes and ecosystems, communities and livelihoods, climate change and contributions to GDP.
c) Endeavour to assess and build the capacity of its members to engage effectively and influence decisions with government and related negotiations and country positions.
d) Mobilize resources to ensure future sustainability of CAK to effective delivery of its mandate and lobby for sustainable conservation financing.
e) Digital innovation to create a one stop centres on knowledge management and information sharing on natural resources and biodiversity

CAK members are active in the following thematic groups
Members engaged effectively in planning and implementation of actions through the six thematic groups' each headed by a Chair with support from the Secretariate.
a) Advocacy and Lobbying.
b) Capacity Building.
c) Knowledge Management and Data Sharing.
d) Partnerships and Collaboration.
e) Human-Wildlife Conflict Management and Wildlife Crime.
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About CAK

Conservation Alliance of Kenya (CAK) is a limited liability membership registered and incorporated under the Companies Act, in Kenya on 22 December 2016. Membership is composed of International NGOs, National NGOs and CBOs with fifty-five members. CAK acts as a catalyst and ....  [ Read More ]

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+254 (0) 20 2000290
+254 716 842 277

info@conservationalliance.or.ke

 

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