African Conservation Centre (ACC)
ACC is a non-governmental, conservation focused organization based in Nairobi. It is dedicated to developing and implementing approaches towards the conservation of biological resources through the collaborative application of scientific and indigenous knowledge, improved livelihoods and good governance through development of local institutions. ACC puts emphasis on a three tier approach of integrating knowledge, environment and livelihoods in resolving key problems facing biodiversity conservation in East Africa. ACC being the JRS Biodiversity Foundation grantee and a lead partner in the project oversees the overall execution of the project.
National Museums of Kenya (NMK)
The National Museums of Kenya (NMK) is a state corporation established by an Act of Parliament (Museums and Heritage Act 2006). NMK is a multi-disciplinary institution whose role is to collect, preserve, study, document and present Kenya’s past and present cultural and natural heritage. This is for the purposes of enhancing knowledge, appreciation, respect and sustainable utilization of these resources for the benefit of Kenya and the world. NMK’s mutual concern for the welfare of mankind and the conservation of the biological diversity of the East African region and that of the entire planet, demands success in such efforts. NMK being one of the implementing partners in the project, provided biodiversity data for Kwale and Kajiado counties as well as nationally. This has enabled the project to consolidate some endemic species of Kenya that need conservation interventions.
Upande Ltd is a consulting firm providing Internet, Web Mapping and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) solutions. It plays an innovative role in the development of world class solutions for everyday management of resources. The company aims to make information accessible that will contribute to improved livelihoods for all people, alongside sustainable management of the environment. Upande Ltd is the implementing partner and developed the web portal platform and GIS viewer tool for analysis.
Map of Life (MOL)
Map of Life (MOL) aims to support effective and global biodiversity education, monitoring, research and decision-making, by assembling and integrating a wide range of knowledge about species distributions and their dynamics over time. The Map of Life assembles and integrates different sources of data describing species distributions worldwide. MOL, an implementing partner in the project, developed infrastructure and tools that enables the portal users mine biodiversity data from MOL, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) databases for counties and the country. This portal leverages on the works already done by MOL, thus enabling users to view species range maps, species occurrence points, ecoregions and download species lists. All datasets are stored, managed, backed up, and accessed using a hosted cloud instance.
Home to a large number of endemic plant and animal species, Kwale County faces pressures from development initiatives ranging from large scale agri-business, tourism infrastructure development and emerging extractive industries such as mining. All these developments have an impact on the biodiversity of Kwale county; therefore this portal with its capacity to host biodiversity information and tools, which can aid in spatial planning, offers an opportunity to sustainably conserve Kwale biodiversity without compromising economic development of the county.
Kajiado County is the second richest in wildlife diversity in Kenya. The county recognizing that its wildlife , biodiversity and tourism is a cornerstone of Kenya’s economy, identified tourism as top priority in its development agenda, thus this portal forms a basis in aiding in their conservation and development planning efforts.