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West Laikipia Fence Project

West Laikipia Fence Project

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West Laikipia Fence Project
Monthly Report to the Laikipia Wildlife Forum for the period October to November 2009ByTobias Ochieng
Laikipia Elephant ProjectThe Symbiosis Trust
January 2010
Monthly Report No. 1
This report covers the period from October 01 to December 01 2009. One community meetingwas held at Matigari on 17
November. The fence upgrades process along the ADC Mutarafence section was carried out between November 4
and 20
. Two energiser houses wereconstructed, and one is underway. Fence management training was conducted for ADC Mutarafencers, community fencers, LEP scouts, KWS officials and ADC rangers at ADC Mutara on23
November. LEP has engaged the ADC Mutara head office in the process of upgrading andmaintaining their section of the West Laikipia Fence.The Laikipia Nature Conservancy and the neighbouring Mwenje community have improvedthe working relations. Consequently, LEP was requested by LNC to carry out an assessment of the fence to identify needs to improve its performance. On 12
November, I visited LNC andidentified new locations for energisers, configurations, voltages and alignment of the fencealong the Mwenje side. A full report on the way forward has been sent to the LNCmanagement to help improve the fence.Several cases of fence vandalism have been reported especially from Lombala and Ngorare. Ashad been emphasized earlier, this is proving to be the greatest challenge to the fencemanagement and long term survival of the fence. The affected ranches are operating on verytight budgets which undermine the ability to replace the stolen wires and broken insulators intime. There is need for all the stakeholders to be engaged in the protection of this fence. LEPhas planned to meet the DC Rumuruti to discuss the way forward.The highest number of fence breakages was reported from the ADC Mutara Ranch fencesection. Most of the breakages occurred between M25 and M30 (see map below). A total of 29breakages were reported in October in ADC Mutara. This number fell to just 6 in November,most probably as a result of a reduction in the elephant population in Mutara Ranch. OPCreported 7 breakages in October, most of which occurred between OPC85 and OPC90 andbetween OPC 95-OPC100 (see map below). On the Lombala section, fence breakages havebeen concentrated between L5 and L10 (See figure below) for three consecutive months. Cropraiding has been reported over this period, particularly near the Lombala and ADC MutaraRanch boundaries.Four cases of attempts by elephants to either get near the fence or break the fence wereattended to by the rapid response team. Only 1 case was attended to in November. This isbecause there were very few elephants on ADC Mutara ranch hence and therefore pressure onthe fence was also low.
Figure 1: Map of the West Laikipia and the Olpejeta Conservancy Fence
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