Basics of Environmental Easements

Are AWF and KLCT interested in non-voluntary easements?

No. African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and Kenya Land Conservation Trust (KLCT) will only work with landowners who are willing and interested in consensually negotiated environmental easements.

Does the landowner who conveys an easement still own the land?

Yes. The title on which the easement is registered remains with the landowner.

What is included in the easement agreement?

Environmental easements vary in content, but there are certain essential components:

  1. Description of the purpose of the easement and the conservation values of the land; these are usually set out in a schedule and comprise the present state of the land which acts as a baseline for future monitoring of the easement.
  2. Conveyance of certain rights to the grantee to enable it to enforce the provisions of conservation easement.
  3. Prohibition of specific uses of the property that is inconsistent with the purposes of an environmental easement (e g fences, dams, roads, construction, and mining).
  4. Reservation of certain rights to the landowner (e g right to continue living on land, or ranch to an agreed extent).
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