Governance & Administration

The cardinal principle of Community Based National Resource Management (CBNRM) is governance. This ensures sound representational administration with clear guiding policies of due diligence in all activities and operations. 

To ensure that the Community Land Management Committee (CLMC) is people-centered and chosen, Girgir Community Land complied with all the laws of the Community Land Act No. 27 of 2016 (CLA 2016) and it is up to date. 


The group Certificate of Registration (Girgir Community Land) and the Title Deed wasFig 1: Board Chairman receives Title Deed and Certificate of Registration from the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy H.E Josep Borell being the Guest of Honour of the outstanding event issued to the Board Chairman in a pompous ceremony on Sat 29th Jan 2022 in Kalama Conservancy Headquarters. The High Guest of Honour was the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy H.E Josep Borell. That marked the complete end of compliance with CLA No. 27 of 2016.

The community owns property rights by acquiring their Title Deed, this gives them the autonomy to manage affairs and natural resources in their land without the interference of politicians and government.


Following peaceful and smooth AGM on Wed 31st Mar 2021, due process for transition of the ranch was undertaken and a smooth and ceremonious handing-over of the outgoing and incoming board was held on 4th May 2021 paving the way for the official start of business for the current Board. Subcommittees were formed a week later with the Board consensus as follows: -

  1. Finance Subcommittee
  2. Tourism Subcommittee
  3. Land and Natural Resources Subcommittee
  4. Security Subcommittee
  5. Grazing Committee

Each subcommittee constitutes four members headed by a subcommittee chairman. Every Board member is represented in one or two of the subcommittees with gender balance.

Grazing committee is independent from Board and the members are elected in the zones in a different calendar than that of the Board which happens at AGMs.

A term for a Board member is 3yrs, they are allowed to seek a second and final term. The conglomeration of the Board must observe gender parity, and inclusion of special groups like the youth, people with disabilities, and the marginalized. Failure of such would render the election exercise null and void.

It is with pride that the conservancy won Northern Rangelands Trust's (NRT) Best Conservancy Manager of the Year 2019. In the Year 2020, there was a slight drop because of pandemic (Covid-19) dynamics and it achieved the Second-Best Preforming Conservancy. 

In the Year 2021, the conservancy upscaled again and it was awarded the Best performing Conservancy under the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) Umbrella.

The awards were issued by the NRT Council of Elders (CoE) at their annual summit in February 2022.

The high performances are attributed by good and sound governance, teamwork, unity in the Board, and the commitment to work by the members of staff.

The Kalama Conservancy adhere to regular and timely information dissemination to members of the community, the stakeholders, and the public at large. Bringing people to page and speed on the matters of concern, lessen the controversy of misinformation, incitement, and misjudgments.

The conservancy is using Social Media platforms to publish relevant information as well as visiting the villages for community awareness. This aspect has been exercised at full throttle and has managed to create a good public appeal for the community land and the conservancy.

In the annual workplans, the programme has been populated, to ensure all segments of the public, are aware of the progress and the current affairs of the entities.

The Board, the Grazing Committee, women, morans, herders and the members of staff have been targeted for bespoke training that increases their perspective, analytical attributes, prioritization for a well-organized and focused leader/person, and skillful staff.

One such notable training that has made a difference in a cross-cutting version, is the Leadership and Management Programme (LAMP) run by a consultant identified by the NRT. The training has transformed the target groups creating value addition in the community land and conservancy leadership and enlightened community members. The members of staff have gained their skills and in other arrangements some got scholarship to further their studies with universities abroad. 

These training awards attendants with a certificate of participation.