Indigenous Cultural Conservation Society was founded with the inspiration of empowering indigenous pastoralists with technological solutions to the problems of desertification due to climate change and resource mismanagement. The main objective is to provide technological solutions and facilities to run sustainable Holistic Management programmes on communally owned indigenous land. ICCS is registered as an international non-governmental organisation in Kenya and is a 501(c) tax-exempt organisation in the United States.

Community-based adaptation (CBA) recognises that communities already possess much of the knowledge and skill required to cope with the expected impact of climate change. Communities can often increase their resilience to climate stresses by building on their own knowledge and skill. This strategy recognises that environmental knowledge, vulnerability and resilience to climate impacts are embedded in societies and cultures. The focus is to empower communities to respond based on its own decision-making process. (The 4th International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA) to Climate Change, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, 21-27 February 2010.)

Eastern Africa has a huge hidden asset – but risks throwing it away in the quest for economic development. This is its millions-strong herds of dryland livestock managed by pastoralists. New findings show that pastoralism has immense potential value for reducing poverty, generating economic growth, managing the environment, promoting sustainable development and building climate resilience.

“For far too long, pastoralists in Africa have been viewed – mistakenly – as living outside the mainstream of national development, pursuing a way of live that is in crisis and decline. The reality is very different. Pastoralists manage complex webs of profitable cross-border trade and draw huge economic benefits from rangelands ill suited to other land use systems. Their livestock feed our families and grown our economies.” Mahboub Maalim, Execucutive Secretary, IGAD.