ICCF Kenya works to build political will, improve policies, and enhance judicial frameworks for conserving wildlife and combating wildlife crime across ten countries in Central, Eastern, and Southern Africa
ICCF Kenya supported the work of the caucus leaders in passing tougher penalties for poaching and illegal trafficking of wildlife through the Kenya Wildlife Conservation & Management Bill, 2013. The law gives greater incentives for ownership and management to the local communities who live directly with the wildlife, including critical compensation for human-wildlife conflicts. In March 2014, ICCF and ICCF Kenya facilitated a solutions-oriented workshop on national water policy and its importance to economic development. And in November 2015, ICCF Kenya launched its Conservation Council, a non-partisan forum for policymakers to collaborate with one another and with leaders from Government, businesses, NGOs, and development institutions.
In April 2015, African government leaders at the Head of State, Cabinet, and Parliamentary levels from six African nations convened in Washington with stakeholders from the U.S. Congress, U.S. Cabinet and federal agencies, multilateral institutions, businesses, and NGOs to improve policy frameworks strengthening natural resource governance and linking conservation with economic development, with an emphasis on stopping poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking. The ICCF Group brought together Ministers and senior Members of Parliament from Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Delegations committed to strengthening and harmonizing their respective wildlife management and other natural resource governance policies through increased parliamentary engagement (via multi-partisan conservation caucuses), judiciary capacity-building, and enhanced regional collaboration.
As in the U.S., ICCF educates caucus members on issues of international conservation; unites the public and private sectors to work together on conservation initiatives; identifies highest-priority concerns related to natural resource challenges as well as potential solutions; and recommends innovative, market-driven policy solutions for the 21st century. In the summer of 2015, The ICCF Group held the first of a series of workshops for policymakers and the judiciary. In July, The ICCF Group and the Zambian Parliamentary Conservation Caucus (ZPCC) hosted the Southern Africa Inter-parliamentary Workshop in Lusaka, Zambia. The workshop, which was attended by Members of Parliament from Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe as well as global conservation and development partners, focused on Southern Africa regional conservation efforts and the launch of the ZPCC 5-Year Strategic Conservation Plan.