Final Performance Evaluation Report for Community-Based Natural Resource Management and Biodiversity
This final performance evaluation examines the Laikipia Natural Resource Management and Biodiversity Conservation Program in Kenya, implemented by Laikipia Wildlife Forum (LWF) from 2009 to 2013. The program aimed to help communities living in the Laikipia Plateau to better manage their rangelands, water, and forests.
This region has a unique ecosystem and a diversity of people from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds. In order for it to maintain its value based on natural resources, the pastoralists, ranchers, smallholder farmers, and tourism operators who live on it must coexist with the greatest amount of wildlife found in Kenya outside of its national parks.
Evaluators found that LWF has been effective in all of its activities aimed capacity building, which concentrated on governance and community-based structures. This first phase of USAID support has laid the basis on which to build community sustainability, both financially and organizationally.
However, it found that LWF’s internal monitoring and evaluation systems and those of its partners are weak.
It urged LWF to address external factors, especially landscape planning, the country’s development zoning, and the more sensitive issue of unused land. It issued seven recommendations for ways for it to build on the program’s gains.