The Mara Conservancy is a not-for-profit organisation made up of concerned, conservation minded individuals. The Board of Directors is made up of members representing the central and local government, the Maasai people, and others providing relevant technical skills, particularly in the areas of Protected Area Management, Ecology and Wildlife Management, and Financial Management and Tourism.
The mandate of the Mara Conservancy is provided by a ten-year management agreement between the Mara Conservancy and the County Council of Trans Mara. The agreement mandates the Mara Conservancy to undertake all aspects of protected area management including: revenue collection and distribution, security, tourism development and management, infrastructure maintenance and development (all new projects require an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and approval by a joint committee comprising members of the Conservancy and County Council).
The Mara Conservancy was obliged to take on all staff in the Mara Triangle on secondment from the County Council for the duration of the agreement but allows for the re-deployment of staff on disciplinary grounds or if they are surplus to requirements. There is a description of the circumstances under which the parties may be considered to be in breach of the agreement, and procedures for dealing with this eventuality.
The Board of Directors has appointed KAPS as an independent, professional revenue collection agency. KAPS are responsible for the day to day task of revenue collection and was selected by Deloitte for this on the basis of its experience of revenue collection procedures in other areas of Kenya. KAPS is paid 9% of the gross receipts as commission.
The Directors of the Mara Conservancy are responsible for ensuring that revenue is distributed strictly as per the terms and provisions of the Management Agreement with the Trans-Mara County Council. Revenue peaks during the high tourist season from June to September and falls dramatically in the low season from February to May.