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About Ecotourism Kenya | Our Principles | Board Members | Organisation Structure | Our Partners | Our Donors

About Ecotourism Kenya

Ecotourism Kenya (EK), formerly known as Ecotourism Society of Kenya (ESOK), is a civil society organization that was established in 1996. Founded with enormous support from the tourism industry in Kenya, it plays a key role in ensuring that Kenya’s tourism is sustainable, both in terms of concern for the environment and for the welfare of local communities.

Emembers_photo.jpgcotourism Kenya is a membership organization and is one of seven private-sector associations that make up the Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF). EK is an executive board member of the newly formed Federation of Community Tourism Organisations (FECTO) and the Global Travel and Tourism Partnership (GTTP) Kenya.

As a membership organization, Ecotourism Kenya brings together individuals, Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and tourism businesses in a forum where they discuss the concept of ecotourism and use the resultant knowledge to improve their operations towards best practices.

Ecotourism Kenya currently has a membership of approximately 440 individuals, companies, community based organizations. These members hold an Annual general Meeting (AGM) once every year and elect a Management Board which takes up the role of an Executive Committee mandated with the task of providing overall strategic guidance including approving plans and budgets.

conference.jpgThe organization has a secretariat of 11 permanent staff members who have been mandated to execute activities of Ecotourism Kenya as outlined in the strategic plan. The secretariat is headed by the Chief Executive Officer who provides liaison between the management board and the secretariat. Other staff in the secretariat include: Public Relations and Communications Officer; Programmes Officer; Ecorating Officer; Resource Mobilization and Fundraising Officer; Accountant; Coast Region Officer; Administrative Assistant; Program Assistant (Publications and Communication); Program Assistant (Leadership and Mentorship Program); and Program Assistant(Standards and Best Practices).

The Organisation has 5 main advisory sub-committees, that  offer support to the Management Board and technical advice to the Ecotourism Kenya Secretariat in conducting the Organisations mandate. These sub-committees are:

  • Community Outreach Program Committee;
  • Ecorating Committee;
  • PR and Marketing Committee;
  • Fundraising Committee, and;
  • Advocacy Committee.

Ecotourism Kenya’s membership is spread throughout the country, therefore the organisation has a countrywide reach and representation.

Our Principles

Ecotourism Kenya is guided by the following principles:

Vision: To be a leader in the knowledge and practice of ecotourism

Mission: To effectively link tourism, communities and conservation for sustainable tourism development in Kenya

tree_planting.jpgGoal: To promote tourism practices that will conserve Kenyas natural environment and improve livelihoods of associated communities.

Value Statement

At Ecotourism Kenya, we promote sustainable utilization of resources for sustained livelihoods. We do this by putting emphasis on:

  • Respect for the environment
  • Respect for local people and their cultures
  • Equitable sharing of responsibilities and benefits

Environmental Policy

wildebeest_maasai.jpgOur policy is to ensure incorporation of sound environmental and social practices in new and existing tourism enterprises. We seek to increase recognition of environmental and social issues in the development of tourism in Kenya and in all work that we undertake. Toward this end, we intend to remain at the forefront in the implementation of environmental best practices in tourism development, and to promote social responsible practices applicable to tourism.

List of Board Members/ Key Officers

TITLE

NAME

COMPANY

COUNTRY

Chairman

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Andrew Muigai

Africa Point

Managing Director

Kenya

Treasurer

John Duffy

Tourism Consultant

Kenya

Secretary

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Elizabeth Kimotho

Exclusive Eco – Travels

Director

Kenya

Secretariat Representative


VACANT

Ecotourism Kenya

Chief Executive Officer

Kenya

Member

Edith Bosire

EED Advisory

Principal Associate

Kenya

Member

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Dr. Mordecai Ogada

Laikipia Wildlife Forum

Executive Director

Kenya

Chair – PR Committee

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George Kamau

Lake Nakuru Lodge

Marketing/ Reservations Manager

Kenya

Chair – Fundraising Committee

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Mohanjeet Brar

Game Watchers Safari & Porini Safari Camp

Commercial Director

Kenya

Chair – Community Outreach Program Committee(VACANT)

VACANT


Kenya

Chair – Ecorating Committee

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Elizabeth Wachira

Eco Plan Ltd

Chief Executive Officer

Kenya

Member Mrs. Margaret Mwakima

Kenya Wildlife Service

Vice Chair

 

The Ecotourism Kenya Organisation Structure

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Our Partners

Ecotourism Kenya works with various partners to provide the desired output of fostering sustainable development. The key is in the formation of linkages. Ecotourism has worked with the following partners at various levels:

  • ANVR (Association of Dutch tour operators)
  • East African Wildlife Society (EAWLS)
  • Federation of Community Tourism Organisations (FECTO)
  • Institute for Legal and Environmental Governance (ILEG)
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Kenya Bureau of Standards (KBS)
  • Kenya Community Based Tourism Network (KECOBAT)
  • Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF)
  • Kenya Tourist Board (KTB)
  • Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS)
  • Ministry of Tourism, Kenya
  • National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), among others
  • Nature Kenya (EK)
  • SNV – Netherlands
  • Strathmore University
  • The African Conservation Centre (ACC)
  • The International Ecotourism Society (TIES)
  • United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)
  • United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)
  • Watamu Marines Association (WMA)
  • Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association (KWCA)
  • Travelife

Our Donors

To support the activities of Ecotourism Kenya, the Association relies on grants and donations, membership support and revenue from programme activities. The donors that EK has worked with to fund the Community Based Program have included both government and private sector sources. Some of them include:

  • African Fund for Endangered Wildlife
  • Ford Foundation
  • Tourism Trust Fund (TTF)
  • United Nations Development Program-GEF NDP-Small Grants program
  • United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
  • World Wide Fund for Nature
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