The Lale’enok Community Resource Centre was chosen as the launch site of the booklet to highlight the steps communities have taken to conserve and manage their own resources (www.soralo.org). The meeting was attended by the Deputy Governor of Kajiado, Paul Ntiati, senior representatives of the Kenya Forest Service and Kenya Wildlife Service, political leaders, community leaders and a large gathering from the local community.
At a round table discussion hosted by ACC after the formal launch of the booklet, the Cabinet Secretary agreed to the group’s recommendations. This entailed setting up a desk officer in the Ministry of Environment to coordinate natural resource management among ministries and a small working group, headed up by ACC and WWF, to assist the Ministry in addressing the policy recommendations of the CBNRM booklet. A national forum is to be convened by NGOs and community-based organizations to discuss the elements of a national CBNRM policy.