Collaborating Grassroots Institutions
South Rift Association of Land Owners (SORALO)
SORALO is a trust that brings together land owners from various group ranches in an area spanning 847,924 hectares lying between Amboseli National Park and Maasai Mara National Reserve (administratively, SORALO covers 15 group ranches in the larger Kajiado and Narok districts). The goal of SORALO is to spearhead the opening up of Southern Tourism Circuit and also to promote the creation of conservation areas in the region, achieved through diversifying livelihoods. To achieve this, SORALO seeks to provide a platform from which to advocate for sustainable utilization of land use by connecting land owners to land opportunities.
Amboseli/Tsavo Group Ranch Conservation Association (ATGRCA)
ATGRCA is an association of land owners in the Amboseli Ecosystem, an area of approximately 5,700 Km² stretching between Mt. Kilimanjaro, Chyulu Hills, Tsavo West National Park and the Kenya/Tanzania border. The primary goal of the association is to promote conservation of wildlife and its habitats through securing sustainable livelihoods for its members. Another key function of the association is to mobilize resources to support implementation of the 10-year general management plan (2008-2018) for the ecosystem. The objectives of the association includes: Furthering and promoting the conservation of the Amboseli Ecosystem to secure its ecological integrity; Promoting and furthering the benefits of community conservation initiatives; Sustainable conservation and livelihoods; Mitigation of human-wildlife conflicts; Partnerships with Group Ranches to establish sanctuaries and conservancies; and Promoting best land use practices for the Ecosystem.
Maasai Mara Management Authority (MMMA)
Maasai Mara Management Association (MMMA) is an association of group ranches in the greater Maasai Mara Ecosystem, aimed at uplifting the lives of members through coordinated and meaningful tourism developments in the area. The greater Mara ecosystem covers Narok and Trans-mara districts, together with the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Maasai Mara National Reserve is the most important protected area in Kenya, accounting for 25% of Kenya’s wildlife and nearly three quarters of the protected area population.