The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the largest professional global conservation network, and considered a leading authority on the environment and sustainable development. They are currently developing a Green List of Protected Areas, which is the only global standard of good practice for protected areas.
IUCN aims to recognize and promote success in managing some of the most valuable natural areas on the planet – and Ol Pejeta is one such area and the only one in Kenya as far as could be ascertained. IUCN selected the Ol Pejeta Conservancy as one of only two wildlife conservancies in Africa to be listed on their “Green List of Protected Areas,” a very significant honor and recognition for the sterling work done on the conservancy vis-a-vis rhino conservation but also, notably, for their unique approach of having wildlife and livestock coexist in harmony.
Ol Pejeta is among the first 23 successful sites to be selected as part of the first phase of the Green List, news which was announced last week at the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 taking place in Sydney, Australia.
“The IUCN Green List will define success for protected areas,” said Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General. “It is about recognizing those sites that successfully respond to the challenges of the 21st century and contribute to the wellbeing of people and nature.”
The inclusion is not only a major coup for Ol Pejeta but also for Kenya as a country, affirming once again that it has what it takes to remain one of the world’s leading safari destinations where in a place like Ol Pejeta, just a 3 ½-hour drive from Nairobi or a 35-minute flight, all the big five can be found on one conservancy, with plenty of more activities available for visitors. It is also the only place where the remaining three Northern White Rhinos can be seen in the wild with ongoing efforts to have them breed and keep the sub species alive.