Over the years, WWF-K has worked with local communities to deliver its conservation goals. These communities may however be impacted negatively by our conservation work. In a bid to ensure we create a lasting impact that addresses the current challenges in conservation, WWF alongside other conservation organizations have developed social policies to be implemented across all our conservation programmes. The social policies are based on principles such as; respecting peoples’ rights, Promoting equity, enhancing the natural assets of the local communities, addressing weak governance as well as addressing inequitable distribution of environmental costs and benefits.
Social policies are meant to guide the integration of social dimensions in our conservation work as well as in institutional structure.
WWF-Kenya has embarked on a journey to ensure that all her members of staff and partners are aware of the policies and are effectively implementing them to enhance conservation while at the same time improving peoples’ wellbeing. So far all the technical programme staff members (Wildlife/specie, Coastal Kenya Programme, Policy, Research and Innovations programme and Africa Rift Lakes Programme) have been sensitized on the policy and are much aware of the main elements that need to be mainstreamed in conservation initiatives. The ultimate intention is to have all staff members including the ones in operations; finance, procurement and logistics, communication and HR are fully sensitized.
In the same spirit, all the partners working with WWF-Kenya and particularly those receiving grants will be sensitized as well. This started with the partners working on CBNRM programme where 5 partners including; NACOFA, KWCA, MMWCA, KFWG and Narok County Natural Resources Network. The social policies in question include; Human rights framework, Gender and conservation Policy, Poverty and conservation policy and Indigenous Peoples policy.
In Africa, the process of ensuring mainstreaming is led by SD4C team where focal point in each country has been identified. The team has come up with compliance tools for each policy that will enable WWF offices to track their level of compliance and identify opportunities arising thereof. In Kenya, baseline information on compliance has now been gathered for programmes whose members of staff are sensitized.