Louise Cottar of Cottar’s 1920’s Camp, Kenya, attended a summit in Costa Rica last month to formally launch the Long Run as a stand alone, not for profit entity, in the presence of HE Ana Helena Chacón Echeverría, the Vice President of Costa Rica. Cottar’s 1920s’s Camp is among 10 Global Ecosphere Retreats ® (GERs) of the Long Run, with Classics Camp Wolwedans being another one.
The Long Run annual meeting focused on strengthening the Long Run community; enhancing mutual learning and charting the path of the Long Run for 2016. Growing global attention on sustainability, with the recent Sustainability Development Goals and the OECD Green Growth initiative, place the Long Run in a truly unique position. With some 7 million acres of land under the protection or influence of the Long Run destinations and members, and, the cutting edge work that the members carry out toward conservation, community, culture and commerce, position the Long Run as a collectively powerful catalyst that can contribute and influence the global and local sustainability agenda.
Calvin Cottar attended the IUCN Regional Conservation Forum held in Nairobi to discuss the topic: Leasing Land To Secure Biodiversity, that touched on matters of the sub division of land, the community conservation structure of the Olderkesi Conservancy and other Mara wildlife conservancies, and structural reforms that are needed to secure biodiversity in Kenya.
IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) focused on pragmatic solutions to environmental and developmental challenges; valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to challenges in climate, food supply and human development.
Due to the challenges experienced in Visa applications, the Government of Kenya has adopted one of the recommendations made by various stakeholders that the two processes (manual and electronic) be allowed to run side by side for a longer period. Accordingly, the Government has announced that both manual visa on arrival and E-visa prior to arrival shall remain in force until further notice. No time limit has been specified before the return to E-Visa only applications, but we have been assured that ample notice will be given when the time comes. https://www.kenyaembassy.com/dcservices/appforvisaonline.aspx
The United States Government has lifted a travel advisory it had issued to its citizens against visiting most parts of Kenya’s coastal region. The US Embassy stated that travel restrictions to Malindi, Mombasa and Kwale counties up to the Tanzanian border have been lifted in a move that may prove beneficial to the area’s tourism industry. Restrictions have, however, been placed on any travel to towns near Kenya’s border with Somalia. US also cautioned those visiting Old Town in Mombasa saying they should do so only during the day. The travel advisories were issued in May this year with the government advising against travel to Eastleigh area in Nairobi and coastal counties of Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi and Lamu.