Impact of Human-Wildlife Conflict Resolution on Wildlife Conservation and Socioeconomic Welfare of Pastoral Communities: A Case Study of Samburu Pastoralists, Samburu District, Kenya
Human-wildlife conflicts have escalated in semi-arid lands because of changes in various aspects, including land use, arable farming and sedentary life style of pastoralists in semi-arid lands, inadequate wildlife control and ban on hunting of wild animals. The objective of the study was to assess the impact of human-wildlife conflicts on wildlife conservation as an alternative source of income to improve the welfare of the pastoralists. The study was carried out in Kirisia, Lorroki and Baragoi divisions. Survey was conducted among households and the data gathered were analysed using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). The results indicated that humanwildlife conflicts have great impact on wildlife conservation and socioeconomic welfare of pastoralists. The study highlighted the need for the government to revise existing policies on wildlife conservation and management in Kenya.
East African Social Science Research Review Vol. 23 (2) 2007: pp. 41-54