We support the PCC-K to address Kenya’s natural resource management challenges.
Engaging Policymakers and the Judiciary to Address Poaching and the Illegal Wildlife Trade in Africa.
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 in Africa
African Conservation Leadership Exchanges
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.
Regional Judiciary Workshops
Later that month, The ICCF Group and experts in the prosecution and conviction of international crime hosted an East Africa Regional Judiciary/Law Enforcement Workshop on Wildlife/Environmental Crime in Nairobi, Kenya. The goal of the workshop was to strengthen the judicial, prosecutorial, and support sectors in the fight against wildlife crime. The two-day program addressed priorities and needs identified by the members of the judiciary and law enforcement with tools and strategies to strengthen the application of existing legal frameworks, enhance coordination within the law enforcement and judicial system on both the national and regional level, and utilize the resources and partnerships available in stopping and prosecuting wildlife/environmental crimes. The workshop, designed for judges, local magistrates, prosecutors, customs officials, law enforcement officials, and senior policymakers, included delegations from several East African nations, including Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.
The project is building effective policymaking infrastructures and creating political will by developing the “architecture” needed for policy change, specifically the required mechanisms, relationships, and willingness among policy makers to take steps to mitigate illegal wildlife trade.
Wildlife Trafficking & The Poaching Crisis
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.