The Prix Pictet Commission is an invitation from the Partners of the Pictet Group to one of the nominated photographers to undertake a field trip to a region where the Bank are supporting a sustainability project run by a charity or other NGO.
In July 2011 Chris Jordan visited the Northern Rangelands of Kenya to complete the third Commission supported by the Pictet Group, which was held in conjunction with the Tusk Trust – specifically in the Nakuprat-Gotu Conservancy, a community that provides critical seasonal refuge and for wildlife between the National Reserves of Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo Springs, with the community-managed conservancies under the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) umbrella lying to the south and the north of these reserves.
Pictet’s support has enabled Tusk and NRT to establish the necessary governance and management structures for the Nakuprat-Gotu Community Conservancy. It has also helped to establish a wildlife monitoring programme with links to Kenya Wildlife Service and other security forces, and to lay the foundations for the creation of income generating activities via tourism, women’s groups and valuable livestock marketing.
Chris Jordan explains of his work Ushirikiano:
“The Prix Pictet Commission took me on a thousand-mile photo-documentary safari in a part of Kenya that most tourists never see. There I encountered a confederation of NGOs working closely with local tribes to create a sustainable way of life based on principles of environmental stewardship, wildlife conservation and peace. Despite enormous adversity – poverty, drought and wildlife poaching for starters – and some dubious intrusions of outside religious, commercial and educational culture, this quiet mini-revolution, led by a council of tribal elders, is bringing peace and stability to a huge area of Kenya. Ironically, their chances of success in the long run depend largely on whether the so-called first world can shift our own paradigm, as this part of Kenya increasingly is being ravaged by the effects of global climate change.”
Ushirikiano illustrates a hopeful future with new security provision, water tanks, biodiversity conservation, schools and women’s enterprise projects. It depicts how the Borana, Turkana and Samburu tribes are encouraged to live and work alongside each other in a spirit of collaboration. The Nakuprat-Gotu Conservancy aims to improve human, habitat and wildlife security, and establish income-generating activities including tourism ventures and livestock marketing, and so create a sustainable model for future economic development.