MMWCA Raising the voice and impact of community conservancies

The Maasai Mara ecosystem, which is home to one-quarter of Kenya’s wildlife, faces several interconnected challenges. Ecosystem threats such as increased farming are not only contributing to the loss of biodiversity, but also undermining carbon storage and other vital services. In addition, traditional conservancy models have offered few economic benefits to the local Maasai people, who have also been excluded from decision-making around conservation- and tourism-related activity. Established in 2013, the Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association (MMWCA) is a non-profit membership association which acts as an umbrella body and advocate for Mara community conservancies. MMWCA aims to establish and strengthen conservancies while providing a platform for key ecosystem stakeholders to benefit the ecosystem as well as the affected communities.  

MMWC, Masaai in a Meeting

Our commitment

We invest in the MMWCA as part of LGT Venture Philanthropy’s environment strategy to scale up the protection and regeneration of threatened and destroyed ecosystems. We provide comprehensive support across three areas:

Business expertise

  • Capacity-building workshops to support business management operations e.g. budgeting

  • Active role in the development of carbon offset opportunities in the Maasai Mara, leveraging synergies with portfolio organization, Ahueni  


  • Leveraging of network to raise additional funding  

  • Support in building and funding Covid emergency relief partnership and funding facility


  • Core funding for monitoring and evaluation as well as communications, finance, staffing and operations  

  • LGT Impact Fellows 

In 2022

  • 409 110

    acres protected through conservancies

  • 22

    conservancies active

  • 17 080

    landowners impacted

  • 144 000

    people reached

We proudly associate with the Liechtenstein Global Trust Venture Philanthropy (LGT VP) and the meaningful work they continue to do globally. For years, LGT VP has supported the growth of our organization by strengthening our capacity to deliver on our mission. The LGT VP support has come through where we needed it the most and in less funded areas. I am happy to say we have built the capacity to facilitate and enhance engagement and communication across our area of operation and optimize systems and human resources with LGT VP support.

Daniel Sopia CEO, Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association
Daniel Sopia

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