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 Are you a student looking for an attachment opportunity within the tourism sphere?  If so, consider applying for the student attachment program at Ecotourism Kenya.

The program is targeting students from Kenya Universities to undertake the 4-day training from 8th-12th January 2018. After the training, the students will be posted to various host organizations across the country for a learning opportunity as they support the development of community-based tourism.

The attachment program is designed for students who:

  • Are undergraduates in the disciplines of either Tourism Management, Commerce (Marketing), Entrepreneurship, Community Development, Ecotourism, and Hospitality;
  • Will be available for internship for the period of January-March 2017;
  • Have passion in the development of community-based tourism in Kenya;
  • Have exceptional command of English and Swahili language;
  • Are in their 3rd or 4th year of study

Application Process

  • The applicant must be a paid-up member of Ecotourism Kenya. The annual membership fee for students is KES 2,500.
  • The applicant should attach the following documents with his/her application:
    • An application letter
    • An updated CV
    • An introduction letter from the respective university or college.
    • A certificate of good conduct

 Applications should be sent to membership@ecotourismkenya.org with a copy to programs@ecotourismkenya.org by 30th November 2017.

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Ecotourism Kenya would like to invite all graduate students who have passed through our Leadership and Mentorship Program for a capacity development forum. The forum will be an opportunity for us to share with you highlights of some tourism enterprise development modules and other innovative tools developed in an EU funded program. The tools will help unlock your potential as you build your personal career or support communities set up green business.

This is an exciting opportunity for the alumni of the Ecotourism Kenya’s LMP during the year 2015 to 2017.  Any past alumni working directly in a Community Tourism Enterprise can be considered.

  • When: 25th November 2017
  • Where: Ecotourism Kenya Offices, Upper Hill
  • Time: 9am -2pm

Activities

  1. Introducing innovative CBT toolkits on product innovation and marketing
  2. Discussion on the proposed Tourism Leaders Alumni Association
  3. Development of database of LMP Alumni for sharing of job opportunities and placements
  4. Some bit of bonding and games
  5. A free training session on personality discovery training

Entry Free (refreshments will be served)

There are only 25 slots available on a first-come-first-served basis. To book send an email with your name, month/year when you attended LMP and your current working station and designation to Anthony – mentorship@ecotourismkenya.org with copy to David – programs@ecotourismkenya.org by 23rd November 2017.

You can reach Anthony/David on the office line +254 726 366 080

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El Karama Eco Lodge was this year’s Ecowarrior of Sustainable Development Goal 12; Ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns.

El Karama is situated centrally within Laikipia District, in the 40,000 square Km Ewaso ecosystem that boasts more diversity of fauna and flora than any other region in Kenya. El Karama Eco Lodge is based on a private 14,000 acre ranch where conservation is a primary concern. We offer an intimate wilderness experience for the wildlife connoisseur

El Karama which shortlisted together with Kilima Camp and Rekero Camp during the 12th Ecowarrior Award. The award this time round, the Eco-Warrior Award had been altered to be in sync with the 2017 UNWTO Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and the WTM and Africa Responsible Tourism Awards. The award therefore focused on how tourism businesses in Kenya are contributing to the uptake of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

In their application El Karama Lodge had the following to share about their consumption of natural resources like energy and water. They also shared on efforts implemented in order to reduce the adverse effects of solid waste on the natural environment.

Water and Energy Consumption

The eco lodge use of 100 percent solar energy for all our operations including warming Eco pool. With up to 100,000 litres of stored rain water and 1.5 million litres of stored water for operations, the facility owns 6 working dams on the property. For monitoring purposes, 6 water metres are installed and records taken of consumption. The eco lodge makes use of Paraben free natural soaps and natural rock and sand filtering systems for grey water. Indigenous trees are planted to utilize the recycled grey water. El Karama Lodge has a dual flash system in all its toilets to cater for different needs; Short and long flushing systems. This minimizes on the water consumption. the lodge is a Chemical free swimming pool that uses neither salt nor chlorine hence pioneering use of Eco smarts technology.  The lodge uses the same system to clean up tap water. Low level solar powered LED lighting for minimal light pollution are installed in the compound. The lodge Use of Eco jiko’s for all cooking powered by Eco charcoal made from pruning the lodge compound trees. The briquettes are prepared in the facility.

Waste Management

The lodge possesses a reduce reuse recycle policy which sees them Recycling and reusing some solid waste like wine bottles and plastic containers. The eco lodge is a plastic bottles free area, they filter and use rain water harvested. They are part of the throttle the bottle campaign as a means of distributing drinking water in an environmentally friendly manner. They are implementing the plastic bags ban by using several alternatives like cardboard boxes, crates or permanent baskets. They monitor waste generation by separating solid waste at source in the various categories using well labeled bins then weigh to set use conservation targets. The waste is also composted, recycled and incinerated appropriately. Soft furnishings are recycled materials from Mitumba; designed and crated by art collective in Nanyuki. The garden is chemical and pesticide free in order to protect pollinators like bees and use drip irrigation to reduce water consumption.  This is done in the effort to reduce carbon emissions as a result of transportation.

The judges’ take; The applicant has set up an environmentally sustainable & replicable operation that delivers not only social and environmental benefits, but delivers monetary benefits to community. Their approach touches on more than 5 SDGs addressing poverty, quality education, good health, climate action, decent work and sustainable production and consumption

Kenya celebrated the 2017 UNWTO World Tourism Day on 27th September 2017 by showcasing the innovative leaders in sustainable tourism that were recognized in an Eco Warrior Award Gala dinner theme Magical Night Experience. Serena Beach Resort & Spa emerged the winner of SDG14 which is; Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Serena Beach Resort & Spa (SBRS) which is under Serena Hotels, offers quality accommodation, conference and holiday solutions in an up-market resort. The facility therefore promotes tourism potential, serves as an economic engine, pioneers for development and growth in remote or neglected areas, and is committed to developing human resources and a good steward of the environment.

Serena Beach Resort & Spa is located in on Shanzu Beach just 30 kilometers from the city of Mombasa. It is among the Serena Hotels that has benefiting from the tourism arm of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED). Serena is involved in several activities to ensure the protection of the ocean and its inhabitants.

Community Based Sea Turtle Conservation

The project has turned a group of fishermen previously all turtle egg poachers as turtle nest protectors and they patrol the beaches 24/7 to protect the turtle nests in-situ. The fishermen have gone through various awareness levels to reach this level.

Through the project, Serena hotels advised them to form a self-help group known as “Kamukunji Self-Help Group”. Fishermen who participate in reporting and protecting nests are paid, thus increasing their income and benefitting their families. Some have been able to send their children to school and improve overall livelihood.

SBRS also purchased 2 Chest Freezers and installed electricity for the local fishermen who support the Project. This has helped them receive a better yield for their fish farming activities as this prevents their catch from getting spoiled.

SBRS has engaged other partners e.g. World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Ocean Sole, Kenya Marine Services, Kuruitu community to ensure modern fishing methods are used by the fishermen and overall awareness of importance of sea turtles is enhanced.

Nest Monitoring

Since inception, 407 sea turtle nests (320 Green, 46 Hawksbill and 41 Olive Ridley) have been reported. 52,524 eggs have so far been secured, with 43,691 turtle hatchlings (83%) released into the Indian Ocean.

Awareness:

SBRS offers weekly lectures on turtle conservation to guests by a resident naturalist on site. SBRS offers environmental training to staff and the communities around to create understanding on the importance of environmental responsibility.

The judges’ comments:

The applicant’s project supports marine conservation by protecting sea turtles (Programs/ innovation for supporting conservation of aquatic ecosystems and threatened species) through supporting fishermen previously poaching sea turtles. They are supported to engage in alternative fishing activities, protect nesting areas, marine patrols and maintenance of a sea turtle hatchery. The project assists with the monitoring of endangered green turtles and critically endangered hawksbill and leatherback turtle species, contributing to the long-term conservation of these species

The ocean with its many uses, gets challenges in equal measure. For instance, agrochemicals used on land, plastic products carelessly discarded and sometimes unmanaged sewage ends up in the ocean. Great discipline and commitment to ensure this great ecosystem is safeguarded for maximum productivity of habitats like corals and mangroves.

The Eco-Warrior Award is a Kenyan tourism award that recognizes and celebrates outstanding contributions to ecotourism practice in Kenya. It is aimed at motivating winning ventures/operations and industry at large to embrace practices that are ecologically and ethically sustainable in order to compete with the best in the world.

The 12th chapter of the award welcomed Ol Pejeta Conservancy as a participant. Ol Pejeta Conservancy conserves wildlife, provides a sanctuary for great apes and generates income through wildlife tourism and complementary enterprises for reinvestment in conservation and communities. Ol Pejeta is the largest black rhino sanctuary in east Africa, and home to three of the world’s last remaining northern white rhino. It is the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees, in a Sanctuary established to rehabilitate animals rescued from the black market. It has some of the highest predator densities in Kenya, and still manages a very successful livestock program.

The conservancy uses innovative and sustainable development model to constantly fulfill its goal of being a role model for conservation; both locally and globally. The conservancy through the model has shown positive contribution towards the protection of the environment e.g. by using sustainable conservation plan to integrate communities in order to achieve desired results. The community has benefited through education, healthcare and infrastructure. The model also involves the replication of these projects across the landscape.

In light of the above the judges led by Judy Kepha-Gona declared the conservancy the Ecowarrior of SDG15 which states, Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss. This took place on the 12th Ecowarrior Award on 27th Sep 2017.

According to the judges, in regards to conservation project improvement measures, Ol Pejeta Conservancy demonstrated the use of livestock control schemes and integrated communities to increase tree and vegetation cover. They also highlighted that the Conservancy is keen on supporting communities to use fuel efficient stoves and is geared towards promoting responsible consumption and production.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy was also declared the overall ecowarrior for garnering the highest scores from judges in all evaluations and won in two categories. They were their bold and daring initiatives; Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a self -supporting conservancy. Additionally, the conservancy possesses a structured approach to sustainable development which covers monitoring action plans, documenting and measuring impact. They were also recognized for producing records and reports of activities and mentoring other conservancies and a large number of young people.

Ol Pejeta’s drive for innovation covers everything from advanced conservation techniques, community development concepts, technological evolution in livestock monitoring and agricultural expertise as well as our marketing and even our communications strategies; truly making them role models of conservation and owners of 3 trophies in total –Ecowarrior Award.

The award’s deviation to march the International Year of Sustainable Development came at an opportune time, a time when the productivity of land has reduced significantly, and biodiversity loss is the order of the order of the day. Using Sustainable Tourism as a tool of development means to a country means joining hands with various player of the industry to secure the future of tourism while at the same time ensuring the current needs of the economy are met through eco-conscience trade.


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Ol Pejeta, the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa is this year’s overall winner of the annual Ecowarrior Award. The 90,000-acre private wildlife conservancy – is situated on the equator, in Kenya’s Laikipia District, between the foot hills of the Aberdares and the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kenya.

During the Ecowarrior Award which was held on 27th Sep 2017 on the World Tourism Day, Ol Pejeta Conservancy won under SDG8, of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. SDG 8 states; Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

They proved worthy of the recognition by taking care of all the three P’s of sustainability; that is Profit making (business operation) People mindedness and protection of the planet.

Since inception, the conservancy is dedicated to increasing livelihood opportunities through employment, mentorship, support for local enterprise, promoting wellbeing of host communities, guaranteeing a future to workers through a well-designed staff welfare, investment and retirement program. The staff run a pension scheme and SACCO which avails financial assistance to staff for education and investment.

Ol Pejeta conservancy provides a market and market linkages for farm produce produced within the community. They support the Pamoja initiative which is community owned, to make and export wooden crafts. They also conduct village visits for their guests.

Other aspects of sustainable tourism are supported by this entity include the protection of the planet which is the main reason for their existence as explained above. Through the energy efficient jikos supplied to the community, they have reduced the use of firewood by 55% hence preserving forests. Ol Pejeta is also one of Kenya’s greatest income generator. Last year (2016) they payed dollars/Kshs? 244 million in national taxes, county levy and community support.

What the judges were looking for: Ol Pejeta did exceptionally well in a category that required commitment and action to advancing equal employment opportunities for local communities, youth, women and persons with disabilities. Applicants had to demonstrate application of same labour rights for local communities, women, youth and persons with disabilities. Promotion of employee welfare and development and discouraging child labor and sexual exploitation of children; and forced labor in the business and supply chain. Including commitment to Poverty eradication in the local community

It is the hope of the organizers -Ecotourism Kenya, the judges and partners, that tourism country wide will adopt the 3D style of implementing their company strategy to cater for tourism, environment and business. Hence bringing to life the sustainable tourism concept, that aims to achieve harmony between the environment, businesses and people of the planet.


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Ol Pejeta, the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa is this year’s overall winner of the annual Ecowarrior Award. The 90,000-acre private wildlife conservancy – is situated on the equator, in Kenya’s Laikipia District, between the foot hills of the Aberdares and the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kenya.

During the Ecowarrior Award which was held on 27th Sep 2017 on the World Tourism Day, Ol Pejeta Conservancy won under SDG8, of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. SDG 8 states; Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

They proved worthy of the recognition by taking care of all the three P’s of sustainability; that is Profit making (business operation) People mindedness and protection of the planet.

Since inception, the conservancy is dedicated to increasing livelihood opportunities through employment, mentorship, support for local enterprise, promoting wellbeing of host communities, guaranteeing a future to workers through a well-designed staff welfare, investment and retirement program. The staff run a pension scheme and SACCO which avails financial assistance to staff for education and investment.

Ol Pejeta conservancy provides a market and market linkages for farm produce produced within the community. They support the Pamoja initiative which is community owned, to make and export wooden crafts. They also conduct village visits for their guests.

Other aspects of sustainable tourism are supported by this entity include the protection of the planet which is the main reason for their existence as explained above. Through the energy efficient jikos supplied to the community, they have reduced the use of firewood by 55% hence preserving forests. Ol Pejeta is also one of Kenya’s greatest income generator. Last year (2016) they payed dollars/Kshs? 244 million in national taxes, county levy and community support.

What the judges were looking for: Ol Pejeta did exceptionally well in a category that required commitment and action to advancing equal employment opportunities for local communities, youth, women and persons with disabilities. Applicants had to demonstrate application of same labour rights for local communities, women, youth and persons with disabilities. Promotion of employee welfare and development and discouraging child labor and sexual exploitation of children; and forced labor in the business and supply chain. Including commitment to Poverty eradication in the local community

It is the hope of the organizers -Ecotourism Kenya, the judges and partners, that tourism country wide will adopt the 3D style of implementing their company strategy to cater for tourism, environment and business. Hence bringing to life the sustainable tourism concept, that aims to achieve harmony between the environment, businesses and people of the planet.


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Kenya celebrated the 2017 UNWTO World Tourism Day on 27th September 2017 by showcasing the innovative leaders in sustainable tourism that were recognized in an Eco Warrior Award Gala dinner theme Magical Night Experience.   The dinner was hosted by the Ministry of Tourism at the Radisson Blu, Nairobi, in an event that was graced by Hon. CS Najib Balala EGH, Tourism Cabinet Secretary, Fatuma Hirsi Mohamed CBS, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Ecotourism Kenya Board members, Chairpersons of Tourism State Corporations and private sector among other invited guests, dignitaries and the tourism/conservation fraternity.

The 2017 Eco-Warrior Award Ceremony was graced by Hon. CS Najib Balala EGH, Tourism Cabinet Secretary.

In line with the theme of the year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, “Sustainable tourism – a tool of development” the winners of the 12th Ecowarrior Award were recognized and celebrated for their commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as demonstrated in their application and as assessed by the judges led by the responsible tourism expert Judy Kepher-Gona.

The following are the winners of the 2017 Eco Warrior Award:

  • Overall winner: Ol Pejeta Conservancy
  • Ol Pejeta Conservancy emerged the winner in SDG 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth which was sponsored and presented by Kenya Association of Tour Operators. Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) came in second and in the third place was Sirikoi Lodge
  • El Karama was the winner of SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production which was sponsored and presented by Tourism Finance Corporation (TFC). Rekero Camp in Maasai Mara was second and Kilima Camp clinched the third place.
  • Campi ya Kanzi with 2 million carbon credits clinched this categories award under SDG 13: on Climate Action. The award was sponsored and presented by Kenya Wildlife Trust. In second place was Tawi Lodge for their innovative use of renewable energy (Solar).  Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge took the third place.
  • Serena Beach Resort & Spa took a tight grip on the category of SDG 14: Life below Water. The team at Ecotourism Kenya had the honors of sponsoring as well as presenting this award.
  • Ol Pejeta Conservancy for the second time took home the award for the category under SDG 15: Life on Land. This category was sponsored by Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA). Safari Link Aviation took second place followed by Gamewatchers Safaris in the third place
  • Lets’ Go Travel emerged winner for supporting communities realize the benefits under SDG 4: Quality Education. Tourism Fund was the sponsors of this category.
  • Air Kenya Express Ltd followed in second place and Kenyatta University was recognized in third place.
  • Turtle Bay emerged a winner for implementing SDG 3: Good Health & Well Being. The category was sponsored and presented by SATIB-Laison Group. The 1st runners up were Amboseli Institute of Technology
  • Paul Kirui took away the trophy for exemplary work in implementing SDG 15: Life on Land in the individual category.  He is a celebrated tour guide and African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW) was very pleased to be the sponsor for this category.

To get an actual taste of what went down last night, follow this link to our website for images.


The Eco Warrior Award is an annual event hosted by Ecotourism Kenya. With the aim to celebrate ecotourism best practices in different tourism sectors and tourism set ups in Kenya it was an amazing experience to receive applications that showcased effort in the localization of the SDGs.

Ecotourism Kenya and this year’s sponsors appreciate and acknowledge the great work the tourism industry is doing for the economy and people of Kenya because when we all pull together for conservation, communities and tourism, everyone becomes a winner.

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By Grace Nderitu

Nairobi, Kenya: Ecotourism Kenya has released the long list of nominees who will be contesting for the Eco Warrior Awards in 2017. This year, the Eco-Warrior Award has been altered to be in sync with the 2017 UNWTO Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and the WTM and Africa Responsible Tourism Awards. The award will therefore focus on how tourism businesses in Kenya are contributing to the uptake of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). | Read the full article here.