Building capacity for conservation of a critically endangered flagship species (Kenya)
Dr Rajan Amin
IoZ - Institute of Zoology
Host Country Institutions:
KWS - Kenya Wildlife Service
To build local capacity to ensure that Kenya Wildlife Service has the human resources and information systems necessary to 1) achieve the targets for black rhino conservation mandated in it’s Kenya 5-year Black Rhino Strategy; and 2) meet CBD objectives.
a) A comprehensive, quality controlled system for monitoring of black rhino and their habitats in Kenya. b) A body of trained and accredited instructors for the AfRSG rhino monitoring course who are capable of continuing in-country training of field rangers.c) A body of trained and accredited rhino monitoring field rangers. d) Rhino officers trained in rhino monitoring data quality control, entry, basic processing & reporting.e) [i] Rhino programme coordinator, and scientist, trained in detailed field data analysis, interpretation of population dynamics and effective status reporting for decision-making. e) [ii] Rhino officers / researchers from parks trained to produce basic annual park reports for KWS headquarter staff to use in national status reporting f) Three sets of park and national annual status reports. g) Fully revised Rhino Information Management System + GIS, user manual, tutorials & training (see d). h) A black rhino ecological carrying capacity model with procedures and training for habitat assessments, habitat monitoring and updating the model. i) Rhino scientists trained in the use of Rhino 2.0 Bayesian Mark Recapture Population Estimation tool. j) 2 MSc, 1 BSc and 4 Certificate studentships, and 1 BSc projects completed. k) Publications and publicity.