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JF Mediaservices Launched

JF Mediaservices is the latest entrant into the media indusrty following its launch on 24/10/14.

Mulary joins Kenya Flower Council

Johnstone Mulary joined the Kenya Flower Council as an Advocacy/Lobby & HR Officer in 2015 where he is currently working.  In addition he consults for the Commonwealth Agriculturalbiosciences International (CABI) as a videographer among other duties.

Lake Naivasha Basin On a Watershed

Posted on 03 September 2013  |

 The management of water in the Lake Naivasha Basin is set to change dramatically, thanks to the Integrated Water Resources Action Programme. Following the devastating drought of 2009, WWF and partners intensified their efforts at enhancing water management in the basin. At about the same time a shared water risk study was conducted. The study articulated the risks of poor water management for all and the shared interest for sustainable development. The efforts resulted in the formulation of a water resource action plan. 

In order to support local actors in the implementation of the plan, WWF Kenya came up with the Integrated Water Resource Action Programme (IWRAP).

The focus of the programme, launched in January this year, is to create essential enabling conditions for effective water regulation and governance, sustainable land and natural resource use and sustainable development in the basin.                                                             A hippo enjoying environmental services at Lake Naivasha                                                                                                                                                                                                                             photo by: Johnstone Mulary

The programme is funded by the Netherlands Embassy-Nairobi and is led and coordinated by WWF Kenya. Other partners include, Imarisha Lake Naivasha Board, Water Resources Management Authority (WRMA), the Dutch University of Twente, Faculty of Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation (ITC), Dutch Water Regional Authorities: WaterschapNoordzijlvest (NZV) and Hoogheemraadschap De StichtseRijnlanden (HDSR) and the Kenya Flower Coucil (KFC).

It is a unique and ambitious programme puplic private Partnership People Programme (PPPP) . It is being implemented by all relevant key partners in the basin. The PPPP is a very good example on how government, the private sector and the local communities can come together to enhance the management of water- a key component in achieving economic, ecological and social well-being.

It is envisaged that in the near future other landscapes will borrow a leaf from players in the Lake Naivash Basin and improve water management in their landscapes, too.

© Johnstone Mulary WWF/KCO



North Mau Project Gains Momentum


Posted on 03 September 2013  


The rehabilitation of the Mau Ecosystem has picked up in earnest with the launch of the Innovative Approaches towards Rehabilitating Mau Ecosystem (IARME) project simply known as the North Mau Project. 


The European Union (specifically Spain), through UNEP funds the Project. The Project is implemented by WWF, Interim Coordinating Secretariat (Kenya Water Towers) and the Kenya Forest Service (KFS). While KFS and other partners are charged with the rehabilitation component WWF complements them by running the livelihoods unit. This involves training farmers on best agricultural practices that focus on enhancing income from their businesses.


The Project kicked off in July 2012 and is scheduled to last for two years. It is aimed at improving the management of Mau Forest Ecosystem, which currently is facing enormous strain as a result encroachment and illegal logging.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          © Johnstone Mulary WWF/KCO                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         A farmer looking after his cattle at his farm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


The project brings together stakeholders who use forest and forest related products. The objective is to develop a national strategy for participating on all evolving international mechanism for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) and also carry out the survey using the current scientific paradigms by involving the academia.


The Project aims at responding to Kenya’s national priorities as outlined in Vision 2030, by protecting the environment to achieve economic growth and meet the growth target of 10 % forest cover. It will contribute to efforts of establishing forest management plans, marking and securing forest boundaries and piloting on Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) and rehabilitating of degraded forests.


By Johnstone Mulary






The Sea Turtle is on the brink of extinction unless urgent measures are put in place to protect it. WWF and partners are working round the clock to save the remnants of this ecologically and economically significant sea creature.

According to research by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and WWF among others Kiunga Marine National Reserve harbours the highest number of the sea turtle along the entire Kenyan Coast. 

Hashim Bwana-an Officer with WWF says that approximately 15000 nestlings are recorded every season in Kiunga compared to about 4000 nestlings recorded in Mafia-another productive area on the coast of East Africa. This productivity has been attributed to a strong partnership involving WWF, KWS and the local communities (Turtle Conservation Groups).

Sea turtles encounter numerous predators during their entire lives starting with humans who usually kill them believing their meat has medicinal value and poach their eggs. Then comes the by-catch, the birds, mongoose, porcupines and ghost crabs who seize the hatchlings as they make their way to the sea from the nests. The ones who manage to reach the sea have to fend off attacks from fish and ultimately the sharks even when they reach maturity. 

“ The biggest problem for sea turtle conservation is poaching”, says Mike Olendo, WWF Kiunga project coordinator.

“People do not poach the sea turtle for business but for cultural significance. They believe its meat has healing powers and can exorcise evil spirits”, he says.

To counter this belief and encourage the local communities to conserve the turtle, WWF is encouraging resource ownership where community member see the benefit accruing from turtle conservation.
The local community is given incentives (usually monetary) for information leading to location of nests and related data. 
Through its cash to trash initiative, WWF is linking women groups from the area to markets in Mombasa. The women use trash found on the beaches to make ornaments and curtains which they sell to enhance their income.

 By Johnstone Mulary 

Saving Kenya's Black Rhinos

$1·        Posted on 02 September 2013  

$1·        Kenya’s black rhinos are under siege. It is against this background that WWF in collaboration with Kenya Wildlife Service is spearheading efforts towards saving the animals from extinction. In an exercise that lasted a week (26/08/13-1/2/13), 10 black rhinos were translocated from Lake Nakuru National Park to Borana Conservancy in Laikipia, Rift Valley, Kenya. Eleven more were translocated to Borana from the neighbouring Lewa Conservancy bringing the total number of rhinos translocated to 21.

According to Kenya Wildlife Service black rhino population numbers have dropped from 20,000 in 1970 to less than 600 in 2013. In 2012 Kenya lost 30 rhinos. This year (2013) it has already lost 37 individuals. At this rate it will not be long before this prehistoric species is confined to annals of history.

Speaking during the exercise, Ben Okita (Rhino Coordinator, Kenya Wildlife Service) said “One of the key objectives of the rhino programme is to establish sanctuaries where breeding is enhanced and removing surplus to start new populations. In this case we are moving the excess rhinos from Lake Nakuru National Park to a new habitat - the Borana Conservancy. We are grateful to WWF for funding this exercise, which is part of the black rhino conservation work that WWF has been supporting for the last 25 years. In appreciation for their gesture we have named one of the translocated rhinos WWF.”

WWF Rhino coordinator, Robert Ndetei said, “Black rhino numbers in this park has been increasing. With rhinos if the population density gets to a certain level, they no longer breed at a desired rate, which may not contribute to the desired 1% per annum as stipulated in Kenya’s National Black Rhino Conservation Strategy. The essence of this exercise is to reduce the excess numbers and create space for breeding purposes so that we can achieve the country growth target.” 

Black rhino growth in population is affected by habitat carrying capacity and mortality through natural death or human induced especially through poaching or illegal killing, which in the recent past has escalated due to increased demand in rhino horn especially in Vietnam.

Following research conducted by KWS it was found that the rhino population in Lake Nakuru National Park has exceeded it carrying capacity. Borana conservancy was identified and established by KWS and other stakeholders including Lewa, Solio and Olpejeta as a suitable breeding ground for the rhinos owing to suitable habitat- plenty forage, water and space.

WWF has been at the forefront of rhino conservation since 1985 when it supported the establishment of the first black rhino sanctuary in Kenya at the Lake Nakuru National Park.

Apart from supporting translocations, WWF contributes to support the protection of the black rhino through establishment of new sanctuaries-the latest being Tsavo East. Moreover, WWF through WWF Africa Rhino programme is supporting the rhino DNA profiling that aims at rhino data base for identification purposes. 

Among other projects WWF is supporting KWS include setting up an aerial center that conducts periodic recces for rhino movement monitoring, equipment for individual rhino identification, in the form of night vision binoculars, digital cameras, camera traps, GPS facilities and fencing materials to establish new conservation sanctuaries, human development through field training, short courses and specialized rhino management courses.

By Johnstone Mulary

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