Background of organization
Biodiversity Conservation Organization strives to conserve the biodiversity, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and take account of local community needs. BICO integrates knowledge in biodiversity conservation as well as promoting local communities Livelihoods thus helping them to resolve principal problems facing biodiversity hot spots in many parts of Kenya. This organization was established after realizing that it was vital to assist communities living adjacent to these areas of high biodiversity to protect and improve their own livelihoods and environment through stimulation, facilitation and co-ordination of the community’s efforts in education, sustainable development programs, biodiversity conservation and scientific research, through the enhancement of co-operation with all relevant organizations.
The organization works at the grassroots level raising awareness of the critical importance of the sustainable use of natural resources and ecosystem conservation under great threat in different parts of Kenya. This organization run by committed Kenyan conservationists, with field staff from drawn from conservation science, forestry and environmental education backgrounds. We work with local communities to instill pride and a sense of ownership in the fate of Kenya’s natural habitats and endemic species. All our programmes are designed at reaching the local communities through a community-based effort, with our messages and methods driven by local needs that fit different situation and culture more closely. Over the years, our team has found that the most effective way to achieve our mission is through capacity building, advocacy, research, community development, peace building, conflict mitigation and protected area management, in ways that are sustainable and foster participation, co-operation and partnership.