Increased Awareness on Laws to Safeguard Pastoralist Livelihoods and Lifestyles

Beatrice Kavaati, Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning Officer at RECONCILE

Pastoralist communities in Kenya have for long not had the privilege of having policies in place that promote recognition, registration and protection of their communally owned parcels of land. Government of Kenya in 2016 demonstrated a great step in enacting Community Land Act which provides for recognition, registration and protection of community land. Despite this great stride in promotion of community tenure system, many pastoralist communities who are the target beneficiaries of this law had no idea of these developments as well as the provisions of the Act.

RECONCILE in collaboration with MID-P through Christensen funded project ‘Building ASFs for Effective Pastoralism in Development of Pro-Steward Policies’ undertook trainings of community resource persons in Isiolo and Marsabit. A total of thirteen and twenty four community trainers who are residents of Isiolo and Marsabit county respectively, were taken through training on constitutional provisions on natural resource management, conflict resolution and process of community and community land registration as provided for in the Community Land Act 2016 at the end of the training, these champions registered high level of mastery of aforementioned content that they were trained on. In addition, they took up the initiative of training fellow community members on the provisions of Community Land Act 2016 in bid to prepare for community and community land registration process once the regulations are enacted. These trainings undoubtedly contributed substantially in deep understanding, knowledge and awareness creation of these policies among community members in Isiolo and Marsabit county.

“Before RECONCILE began this initiative of educating this community about the Community Land Act, no one knew about this law, even us who are now acting as trainers did not have clear idea about it, but through RECONCILE’s trainings we are now aware of the Act and we are looking forward to sensitizing more community members”-Kabello.