Creating a Win-Win Investment in Kenya

The Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & BankingThis article first appeared in the June 2015 edition of The Cornerstone Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking

By Taryn Goodman and Charlotte Kaiser

The Nature Conservancy has spent the last 64 years conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends.  Working in all 50 states and more than 35 countries, the Conservancy seeks solutions that balance human well-being and natural resource preservation. This need for balance is acutely felt in the northern rangelands of Kenya, where the pastoralist Samburu and Masai tribes herd their cattle alongside dwindling herds of elephants, rhinos and lions.

The grasslands of Kenya are important to the survival of both humans and wildlife. Unfortunately, the increasing populations of pastoralist tribes and their cattle threaten the area’s natural equilibrium. Overgrazing by cattle, sheep and goats in addition to climate change has resulted in desertification, the reduction of land available as wildlife habitat, and poaching due to decreased incomes.

To enable pastoralists and wildlife to flourish together, The Nature Conservancy has been working with the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) for over a decade to engage with local community conservancies to counteract the degradation of these important grasslands.

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Authors

Taryn Goodman

Taryn Goodman – Senior Director, Investment Partnerships

May 18, 2015

Charlotte Kaiser

Charlotte Kaiser – Acting Managing Director, NatureVest

May 18, 2015