OUR STORY

Conserving the Milgis Ecosystem

Northern Kenya

     

The trust was founded in 2004 in order to protect the wildlife, habitat and pastoral people’s way of life, in this stunning and very remote part of northern Kenya. Our mandate is to pave the way for a fully restored ecosystem, shared by people and wildlife alike.   Poaching, deforestation and degradation of land are the main challenges facing flora and fauna in the area. We believe that wildlife and pastoral peoples can live peacefully together without borders, as they have done for so long. The majority of wildlife in the world is living behind fences - it is our priority to ensure that this does not happen. Experience has taught us that the most effective way to conserve is by dealing directly with the communities. The incentive for communities to conserve materializes in the form of education, health, water, security and veterinary projects implemented by the trust. These projects are mostly a direct result of ecotourism. Therefore, giving the wildlife a very high value in the eyes of the communities!! However, you cannot implement infastructure without considering demographics and sustainable capacities of an area. We use several strategies to ensure that our community projects promote sustainable developement. 

What We Do

Conservation                                             Each community elects a scout. This scout is

in charge of conservation for that area, additionally

they must act as liaison between the trust and community.

Collectively, the scouts are responsible for

  • Anti-poaching

  • mitigating Human-wildlife conflict

  • Animal rescues

  • General health of Milgis ecosystem

  • Community relations

 

Education   

The Milgis trust aims to provide a well-rounded education

that promotes children to be ambassadors of the environment.

Keystones in our education programme:

  • We have built an eco-school at primary level, which is now independently run by the community

  • We have built and maintain 4 nursery schools & support many others

  • We have a mobile film unit (eco-screen), showing conservation concepts through visual stimuli.

  • Student sponsorship programme, supporting over 40 students through secondary and some to university and college education

  • Scouts visiting schools in their area to address students re. conservation & sustainability.

 

Sustainable land use

Loss of habitat contributes immensely to decline in wildlife populations and biodiversity. By preventing the following we aim to improve productivity and regeneration of habitat:

  • Wildfires

  • Overgrazing

  • Deforestation

Veterinary

The entire existence of Samburu people revolves around their domestic

animals. They face great challenges in this arid environment – our vet programme aims to improve quality of animal health through:

  • Rabies, de-worming and chemspay inoculations in dogs

  • Treatment of sick or injured wildlife and livestock

  • Adaptation to suitable livestock models

 

Water

If a community proves to be environmentally responsible, and welcomes local flora and fauna, then it is considered for a water project.

 

In 13 different locations throughout the district we produce approximately 43 million litres of clean water. This strategy aims to relieve human wildlife conflict at watering holes.

 

We also have a dam unit. Pan - Dams are built by a JCB tractor and harvest rainwater for

livestock and wildlife. To date we have built 43 Pan - Dams.

 

 

Healthcare

Access to healthcare has been very limited in the area, and so we help out where we can. Our main focus areas are:

  • Family Planning

  • Facilitate eye missions dealing with cataracts & trachoma

  • Emergency medivacs and treatment