The human communities across the Athi Kapiti plains are predominantly pastoral communities, relying upon livestock as a foundation for the livelihoods. However, with increasing human and livestock populations and a forced loss of their nomadic lifestyle, the resources upon which these communities rely (soils, pasture and water), are under unsustainable pressure. This primary production system also supports the astonishingly diverse wildlife, so it is of paramount importance that the primary production potential held within the Athi Kapiti plains be managed well.
The AKCI is seeking to do exactly that. Extensive knowledge exists on how to manage these systems better, and a diverse array of management tools and models have been developed across the globe. The AKCI is developing science-based programs to manage the human-wildlife dynamic, while at the same time improving the overall well-being of the livestock and the communities. These programs will include specialist species programs in order to support the Kenyan Government goal of landscape-scale conservation programs for animals like cheetah. This approach, to positively influence the ‘ecological zone of interaction’, is known to be critical to conserving species such as big cats and elephant in the wild.