Workshop on Biocultural Protocols in Nairobi, 28th-30th November

In order to introduce the concept to a wider audience and discuss existing experiences, LIFE Network Africa and LPP are hosting a Workshop on Bio-Cultural Protocols: An Emerging Approach to Strengthening Livestock Keeping Communities.

Deadline for registration is November 15th

2 Responses to Workshop on Biocultural Protocols in Nairobi, 28th-30th November

  1. Fred Kibelio says:

    The Ogiek are in a crisis. They need support. The crisis today facing the Ogiek of Chepkitale can be traced back to 1890 when Kenya became British protectorate. At this time African reserves were created for Africans and one of them was Chepkitale Native Reserve in Mt Elgon. Demarcation of this reserve was completed in 1928 and the reserve was gazetted in 1932.

    The Ogiek were traditionally hunter-gatherers and now pastoralists. Women practice weaving of bamboo handicraft. Their baskets taken to lower parts of Mt Elgon where they are exchange for cereals.
    For the last 40 years the Ogiek (dorobo) of Chepkitale,Mt Elgon region have not had a permanent place of settlement. The place that the Ogiek traditionally thought of as home – Chepkitale was clandestinely gazetted as a National Game Reserve on 6 June 2000, by the Mt Elgon County Council with the help of former MP Hon Joe Kimkung from. The Council and Mr Kimkung convinced the Government of the day that the Chepkitale Trust Land be redesignated and gazetted as the Chepkitale Game Reserve via a legal notice No 88 dated 6 June 2000 made by Hon Marsden Madoka, then Minister in the Office of the President. This entire process was a serious violation of human and land rights of the Chepkitale peoples by transforming their ancestral land to be a game reserve at the expense of the minority community’s livelihood.

  2. siteadmin says:

    Thanks for drawing our attention to this issue, Fred! I hope that it will be possible to rectify this injustice and human rights violation in the near future. Unfortunately, similar things continue to happen, for instance wth the Raika pastoralists and their access to the Kumbalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary which is now slated to be turned into a National Park. We need a strong global movement to raise these issues, for instance during the next COP of the CBD in October this year.

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