The Amboseli Ecosystem Trust (AET) was formed to coordinate and oversee the implementation of the Amboseli Ecosystem Management Plan (AEMP), and more broadly to promote coordination of stakeholder actions across this landscape. Formally established in 2009, AET is a trust that includes members from group ranches, the Kenya Wildlife Service, the county government of Kajiado, and a number of conservation organizations.
While AET was originally founded to coordinate the implementation of the AEMP, its identity and role has evolved, taking it in new directions beyond only the ecosystem plan.
1. AEMP GAZETTEMENT
Collaborated with communities, government and other stakeholders to gazette the AEMP in a legally binding document for the management of the Amboseli ecosystem – the first ever of its kind in Kenya.
2. STOPPED THE AMBOSELI RESORT CITY
Mobilized stakeholders and used the AEMP to stop the development of a city at Meshanini that would have had detrimental impacts on wildlife and local pastoral livelihoods.
3. HALTING UNPLANNED AND DETRIMENTAL DEVELOPMENT
Facilitated an environmental review of 36 development proposals along the Amboseli-Kimana road. 35 of these developments were stopped because of potential impact on the ecosystem.
Facilitated the removal of a shantytown outside Kimana gate.Prevented a tarmac road planned to be developed through Amboseli and across the ecosystem that would have further fragmented the ecosystem.
4. CAPACITY BUILDING OF GROUP RANCHES
AET has provided support to group ranches in the development of land management plans.