Olosho le Maa, the Maasai community, cannot exist apart from Maasai land as the culture has been produced historically through the relationship between people and land. The ability of Maasai people to coexist with dangerous wildlife, to share forests and water and pasture with other communities under conditions of scarcity, to live in ways that sustains and regenerates the land– these elements of Maasai culture are created through the daily practice of living on particular land. But that knowledge is adaptable to changing circumstances as it has been for hundreds of years. As occupied land is returned to Olosho le Maa, new strategies of employed that may involve privatization in some places, limited agriculture where appropriate, a redesign of the landscape around schools and water sources, all done with awareness of where wildlife lives and migrates, of how pastoralism can survive on less land. The future of the wildlife rich areas of East Africa is dependent on the ability of Maasai people to apply our strategies of coexistence to changing conditions, and that is our vision of Land Justice.
To reclaim land, MERC has led an effort for over 30 years to challenge illegal occupation in Kenyan court, most recently through the suit for Mau Narok.