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Save a Generation

Emergency Drought Appeal

© Charlie Hamilton James

Imagine a generation of children who have not experienced rainfall since birth due to a prolonged dry spell.
Imagine a generation's livelihoods wiped away.
Pastoralist communities who have lost all their livestock to drought.
Imagine an elephant population crash in our generation.
Drought is killing juvenile and lactating elephant mothers in Southern and Northern Kenya more than all other threats combined.

©Karuri Nyaga/WWF-Kenya
©Karuri Nyaga/WWF-Kenya
©Charlie Hamilton James
©Charlie Hamilton James
©Charlie Hamilton James
©Charlie Hamilton James

WHY DOES IT MATTER?


This drought is a climate change crisis. It is not a wildlife crisis, it is a crisis for all lives: people, their livestock, and our unique wildlife. We need to help communities around key conservation areas to secure livelihoods for their generation and the future of their children.

We need to mitigate losing an entire generation of elephants - juveniles and lactating mothers are dropping dead due to the lack of water and pasture.

This crisis is affecting all of us and requires immediate, collective action as we are the very last generation that can make a significant difference.

The just concluded COP 27 in Egypt and upcoming CBD COP 15 in Montreal, Canada, are opportunities for us to show the devastating impact of the climate crisis with an urgent appeal. For generations of humankind and the generation of elephants - Kenya's flagship species.

© Karuri Nyaga / WWF-Kenya

Donations like yours give a huge boost to our emergency interventions targeting people, their livestock, and wildlife and many more like:

1. Trucking water to those who are on the brink of dehydration: It is heart-rending to watch people, wildlife, and livestock scramble for water. Sadly, it is a case of survival for the fittest. With water trucking, we can refill the dried-up water pans in various community conservancies and protected areas.

2. Mitigate human-wildlife conflict: Solar-powered boreholes in community conservancies will provide water for people, their livestock and wildlife, minimizing human-wildlife conflict or support the construction of water pans. During the rainy season, we will harvest runoff water.

3. Together let's open up wildlife corridors: Help us support the mapping of critical wildlife corridors and the establishment of community conservancies to secure wildlife habitats and to link different ecosystems. This will allow wildlife to escape to safe havens during prolonged drought and will help minimize human-wildlife conflict.

4. Land lease payments to community members opening up wildlife migratory corridors: Give incentives such as land lease payments to community members for opening up wildlife migratory corridors, for establishing community conservancies, and support communities to establish and earn from Nature-based Solutions (NBS) or Nature-based Enterprises (NBE).

5. Surveillance: During a drought crisis, identifying wildlife that are critically impacted by the dry spell in the vast parks, reserves, and community conservancies and mapping the hotspots affected spatially are crucial. Through aerial surveillance, we will be able to direct efforts to areas and species that are hard hit. On the other hand, surveillance aids in research that informs future climate resilience interventions.
   
© Karuri Nyaga/WWF-Kenya
WHY DOES IT MATTER?

We fund and support adaptation and resillience projects like the drilling of boreholes with solar-powered pumps and water pans. 

We work closely with local communities and stakeholders in mitigating human-wildlife conflict through holistic habitat management, securing existing rangelands while at the same time improving livelihoods. 

In 2021, when the drought badly hit northeastern Kenya, threatening the lives of people, their livestock, and critically endangered wildlife like the reticulated giraffes and the rare hirola antelope, we donated foodstuffs to 2,000 households, provided 2,500 bales of hay for livestock, 220,000 liters of water, drilled one borehole with a solar power pump to serve people, livestock and wildlife, a water pan, and donated an assortment of surveillance equipment for community scouts in Bora'-ana Conservancy. The equipment like motorbikes, GPS gadgets and binoculours enable them to undertake wildlife monitoring and surveillance, mitigate human-wildlife conflict as well as create conservation education and awareness. 

Together with communities, we are opening up wildlife corridors through community conservancies and incentive initiatives. Where communities who open up their land as migratory corridors benefit economically through a payment leasing system while wildlife are able to migrate from one ecosystem to another, increasing the community revenue while minimising human wildlife conflict. 

We are engaging policymakers at the National and County levels to support and adopt sustainable practices. We have designed programs targeting flagship and threatened species like the African elephant. Taking care of them gives us an opportunity to take care of other species who benefit from them directly or indirectly. 

About Save a Generation

Save a generation is a WWF emergency appeal to save people, their livestock, and wildlife in Kenya from the prolonged ravaging drought exacerbated by climate change.

© WWF-Kenya