By Paul Edonga
He started his humble and poor life in Lewa and through his father he, his sisters and brothers were born and grown in Isiolo/Meru areas, they GAVE UP/SUCRIFICED their 60,000 square kilometres to be a COMMUNITY CONSERVANCY Named now Lewadowns Community conservancy due to the overwhelming poaching of Rhinos in the region in the earlier 90s. Then the conservancy was rated as an heritage centre, UNESCO HERITAGE CENTRE, having more than 6 tourist centres it sprouts.Lewa Serves as a safe refuge for the Lewa, serves as a safe refuge for the critically endangered black rhino and the endangered Grevy’s zebra, as well as the elephant, lion, giraffe, wild dog and other iconic wildlife species in Kenya. The Conservancy is also home to more than 400 species of birds.ndangered black rhino and the endangered Grevy’s zebra, as well as the elephant, lion, giraffe, wild dog and other iconic wildlife species in Kenya. The Conservancy is also home to more than 400 species of birds.
Since Lewa was a little impact conservancy, Ian Craig begged the rest in the platform of community conservancy to spill the idea to the all of Northen Kenya landscape. Ian with his poverty and quest to ensure that the ideology of community conservantion is spread among the pastrolist he grew to see and experience NRT ( Northern Rangeland Trust) growing.
Ian lobbied for Lewa to be owned by the community and a sustainable platform for conservation. Lewa through Borana, Manyangalo, Ngarendare, kurikuri and imamusi established what we call now Lewa. As we talk the 5 community conservancy in the NRT UMBRELLA are the best in Africa and conjoined with Lewa.
Ian Craig continued with lobbying for community conservation which contues to protects NOW 60% of the forest and 83% of wildlife outside the national reserves in the NRT conservancies. Thank you to the government of Kenya for accepting COMMUNITY CONSERVATION to be part of law, the act that implements WILDLIFE CONSERVATION IN KENYA, Thank President Uhuru for selecting Ian Craig.
Thank you Ian Craig for fighting for us the poor. We can be able to protect our lands now, we can be able to benefit from community conservancies and as a society, may the almighty father continue giving you more years!!
When he left Lewa, he joined NRT has a conservation director a very junior position in NRT, though his heart was to ensure COMMUNITY NEEDS ARE TAKEN CARE FOR.
Thank you Ian Craig for your SACRIFICES and LOVE for ISIOLO, SAMBURU and other areas.