An olopololi plot is a traditional Maasai grazing management technique, which became out of practice.
The olopololi plots are marked areas of communal land, in which grazing is only allowed during specific periods, such as at the end of the dry season when there are fewer other places to graze or only for certain animals such as calves.
Together with our local partners we brought this traditional technique back into practice. We use land marks and awareness campaigns, to inform local communities in which areas grazing rules apply. Grazing committees, consisting of community members, are assigned to supervise the sustainable management of the grasslands. They closely monitor the plots, so that the grass has time to grow back.
We’ve implemented olopololi plots in our projects in Amboseli National Park & the Olgulului-Ololarashi Group Ranch in Kenya.