To ensure the environment of Ruko becomes a source of peace and fruitfulness for its residents through proper restoration and management of its resources by its residents.
The Njemps and Pokot people have created Ruko to act as a catalyst for peace between the communities, the environment and the wildlife, and have committed to...
Restoring and protecting a key international ecological area to its original pre-human conflict status
Increasing wildlife monitoring through Community Scout network and radio communication to effectively manage the movements of wildlife, people and livestock
Reintroducing (translocating) wildlife including Baringo giraffe, impala, oryx, eland, gerenuk, zebra, Waterbuck.
Combating soil erosion thus reducing lake siltation
Construct and rehabilitate water pans to conserve water
Replanting indigenous and medicinal plants
Ensuring the communities benefit holistically by protecting their ecosystem, thereby improving their quality of life through poverty reduction and conflict reduction
Restore overgrazed and deforested land by implementing a dry-season Community Grazing Committee
Developing ecologically sound businesses and income-generation projects like bee-keeping and fish farming
Creating schools, training programs and scholarships to provide educational opportunities to community Members
Resolving conflicts between the Njemps and Pokot communities, thus providing security, community development and environmental management
Ensuring participation from both communities on all projects
Equitably distributing income from Conservancy income-generation activities
Enacting a robust management plan ensuring participation amongst youth, elders & women to enhance communication & understanding
Ruko’s RAMSAR Commitment
At the centre of the Ramsar philosophy is the “wise use” concept. The wise use of wetlands is defined as "the maintenance of their ecological character, achieved through the implementation of ecosystem approaches, within the context of sustainable development". "Wise use" therefore has at its heart the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands and their resources, for the benefit of humankind.