The Rangeland Rehabilitation Journey in Kotido District
The rangeland rehabilitation process was kick started in May 2019 following the mapping and screening exercise and wide consultative meetings with various stakeholders that was conducted between 2017 and 2018 as major concerns were raised on the deterioration of rangeland health and ecology, reduction in species density and development of poor management strategies by the pastoralists that promoted unsustainable utilization of natural resources around the rangeland sites. The mapping and baseline surveys were conducted and led to the development of rangeland management plans in four rangeland sites of Kangimanang (Nakapelimoru), Sinat (Rengen), Lokwasinyon (Kacheri) and Naguleangidod (Panyangara) sub-counties in Kotido. The four rangeland sites were identified based on various indicators such as the level and extent of degradation, trans-boundary implication, contribution of rangeland sites in supporting local livelihoods around such areas, support to livestock population and many other factors
Based on the rangeland management plans that were developed for each of the four sites, the rehabilitation process started May 2019 with major activities being aligned on management plans that were developed for proposed rehabilitation and restoration process.
Achievements registered so far include:
- 73 committee members were trained on soil and water conservation.
- Soil and water conservation structures have been established at 4 sites in Kotido.
- 4 adoption farmers were trained on soil and water conservation ( use of grass bunds) and established in place.
- 4 farmers adopted and integrated soil and water conservation measures at the rangeland site
- One community water point was reinforced with improved pasture species in order to stabilize the water banks.
- 6.2 acres of improved pasture multiplication gardens established in 3 sites (Lokwasinyon, Sinat and Naguelangidod)
- 5 acres of pasture land were adopted by individual farmers.
- 73 committee members ( 44 males & 41 females) were trained on fire prevention, controlled grazing and sustainable management of pastures in 4 sites.
The district plans on carrying out a massive harvest for conservation of these pastures to be used during the dry season.