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Conservation International's Virtual reality film 'My Africa' & From conflict to coexistence: How peace and security underpin conservation in Northern Kenya. By Matthew Lewis, Conservation International

November 13, 2018

Conservation International recognizes that people need nature to thrive. But numerous confounding factors make coexistence between people and nature more of a dream than a reality in many places, especially in remote rural areas like northern Kenya. To address some of these factors, Conservation International's efforts in northern Kenya focus on promoting peace and security, mitigating human-wildlife conflict, and creating economic incentives to increase community tolerance of species like elephant that cause high levels of human-wildlife conflict.

In this presentation Matthew Lewis, Regional Wildlife Program Director, Conservation International discussed how Conservation International, in partnership with Northern Rangelands Trust and the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy, has enabled community-based rangers to establish peace and security while combating poaching, expanded infrastructure to support nature-based tourism to create jobs and economic incentives for conservation. Lewis will also discuss how they have helped establish the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary to care for elephants impacted by human-wildlife conflict and poaching to allow communities to build a closer tie to their elephant neighbors.

Screening of Conservation International's new virtual reality film 'My Africa' showcasing community-led wildlife conservation in Northern Kenya preceded the presentation.

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