Implementation of the Management Plan
In 2007, AET sat down with its funding and supporting partners and created an action plan, which can be accessed in its entirety by clicking here to download the full document.
Amboseli Ecosystem has been intensively studied since 1967 (ACP) and much of the research has been done by Maasai researchers. The studies showed Amboseli was rich in wildlife because of its coexistence with Maasai. This area was the first to design conservation programs for the entire migratory area of wildlife and involve communities in benefits sharing from the park and ecotourism facilities on community lands across the ecosystem.
As a result, the community has since the 1970s protected wildlife. Its elephants thrived as a result and become world famous. Although many new conservancies have spread across the ecosystem many pressures including shambas, subdivision and rangeland degradation threaten habitat, livestock and wildlife. As a result, the Maasai leaders of Amboseli called for an ecosystem-wide management plan in 2004.
The result was the Amboseli Ecosystem Management Plan (AEMP), drawn up with the support of KWS, researchers, the tourist industry and conservation NGOs. The Amboseli Ecosystem Trust was set up to oversee the AEMP on behalf of the Maasai landowners, supported by KWS, NGOs and tourism industry. AET has since been the main force in promoting the gazetting of the AEMP with the support of KWS, tourism industry and NGOs
Amboseli Ecosystem management Plan (AEMP)
Amboseli Ecosystem Management Plan (AEMP) was set up to define the principles and strategies for creating, implementing and managing a sustainable future for the Amboseli Ecosystem by addressing wildlife conservation and management issues in the entire ecosystem to enhance human-wildlife coexistence. The management plan focuses much on land zonation and the five major programmes that are meant to restore this fragile ecosystem.
The overall goal of zoning in Amboseli ecosystem is to separate conflicting land uses while at the same time providing conducive environment for investment in other land use options that are socially and economically acceptable to land users. Zonation is farther divided into two;
Different programmes in the management plan
For more details read the Amboseli Ecosystem Management Plan (AEMP – 2008/2018).