Report on the Dynamics of Conflicts in the Mau Forest Complex
The release of this report precipitated the conflicts in Mau Forest Complex. The communities targeted for eviction blamed the government and the communities who sold the government land for their woes. The main objective of this study was to identify, review and document conflict early warning capacities in the Mau Forest Complex. In order to contextualize the conflict early warning system in the Complex, the study undertook a snapshot conflict analysis in the Complex. It also identified, documented and analyzed traditional and formal conflict early warning mecanisms in the complex.
EW 1 Conflict early warning among some communities
The report focused on the Maasai, Ogiek, Somali, Turkana, Samburu and Endorois communities that inhabit arid and semi-arid areas where soil, rainfall and temperature conditions inhibit land use options. As a result, most of these communities have to keep moving in search of pastures and water. Such migratory pattern has often generated conflicts between the communities over access to limited resources or over communities claiming exclusive ownership of specific areas.