Northern Rangelands Trust
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Northern Rangelands Trust



NRT is an umbrella organisation that supports marginalized communities in northern Kenya to improve their livelihoods through conservation. We now have 27 member community conservancies under the NRT umbrella, who manage over 25,000 square kilometers of land, and safeguard a wide range of endangered species. Since our inception in 2004, our impact has been significant, and continues to grow. Seven of the NRT member conservancies host tourism operations, and we work closely with community committees and with operators to ensure lodges, visitors and the local people benefit from tourism. NRT is now widely seen as a model of how to support community conservancies. Its success has helped shape new government regulations on establishing, registering and managing community conservancies in Kenya.

About Us

We support our member conservancies by: Raising funds for the conservancies, providing them with advice on how to manage their affairs, supporting a wide range of training and helping to broker agreements between conservancies and investors.

Mission Statement

The Northern Rangelands Trust's mission is to develop resilient community conservancies which transform people’s lives, secure peace and conserve natural resources in northern Kenya.


There are several key aspects of the Northern Rangelands Trust, that apply to all 27 member conservancies. Governance: At the heart of NRT lies community-led decision making, that can be applied to all areas of running an effective community conservancy. Each conservancy has a Board of Directors which consists of 12 individuals democratically elected by the community and a number of ex officio members representing NRT, the Kenya Wildlife Service, the local administration and in some cases Members of Parliament. The boards, more and more of which have female representatives (previously unheard of within these communities) employ a manager, as well as rangers, administrators and others with the skills required to manage a successful conservancy. The board keeps strict control of the conservancy budget, and the books are independently audited at the end of the financial year. Every conservancy enters into a memorandum of understanding with NRT. NRT’s highest governing body is the Council of Elders. The chairs of the conservancies make up the majority, and are joined by institutional members representing county councils, local wildlife forums, the Kenya Wildlife Service and the private sector. Peace and Security:

Contact and Social Media

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at

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