RUKO is run by both the Rugus and Komolion communities with an elected Board constituted on 50-50 power sharing between the Pokots and the Njemps as well as gender equality. The Board consists of 20 members, 10 from each community and are drawn from area leaders, chiefs, teachers and village elders.

The Structure of Ruko

To ensure effective running of the project activities Ruko has:

  • Established an operational office and HQ at Rugus including: office, manager’s house, honey store, women’s workshop, radio room and seven unit-huts for the scouts. The HQ is well equipped with radio operations linked to the community and KWS office at Kabarnet utilising a mask radio with nine hand held radios as well as solar power
  • Employed a full-time Project manager ensuring proper implementation and management of all project activities
  • Employed 10 Full-time Community Scouts and two female radio-operators providing security, monitoring and data collection 
  • Employed a full-time Project Accountant ensuring proper utilization and accountability of funds
  • Established an added operational Scout outpost at Longicharo protecting the solar fenced wildlife Sanctuary 
  • Established a Community Finance Committee made of 8 members from each community to oversee financial issues 
  • Established a Community Grazing Committee made of 16 members from each community to oversee grazing patterns and ensure effective and well managed pastures
  • Established the construction of feeder roads within the conservancy

“Wetlands are among the world’s most productive environments. They are cradles of biological diversity, providing the water and primary productivity upon which countless species of plants and animals depend for survival. They support high concentrations of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrate species.“ Ramsar Convention