NAIROBI (Kenya Wildlife
Service) -- A report detailing Wildlife Migratory Corridors and
Dispersal Areas in Kenya has been unveiled. Cabinet Secretary
for Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu has
launched the report at the historic ‘Ivory Burning Site’ located
within Nairobi National Park.
The report spells out among other measures the mapping and
securing of wildlife corridors as a strategy for reducing human
wildlife conflict and promoting environmental sustainability and
equitable social development.
It identifies more than 100 migratory corridors: the southern
rangelands, the northern rangelands, and coastal areas.
The mapping process adopted a collaborative and consultative
process by a Rapid Result Initiative (RRI) Task Force drawn from
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Directorate of Resource Surveys
and Remote Sensing (DRSRS), International Livestock Research
Institute (ILRI), African Conservation Center (ACC), Save the
Elephants (STE), African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) International
Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Nature Kenya, Kenya Department
of Meteorology (KMD), among others.
The partners showcased their organizations and Wildlife
Migratory Corridors and Dispersal Areas they have been engaged
in at the exhibition stands set up adjacent to the launch venue.
Prof. Wakhungu said, "The Vision 2030 flagship project on
Conservation seeks to promote and safeguard the state of the
environment, for economic growth."
She said Kenya is proud to have over 50 protected areas
across all ecosystems in the country to ensure that the
diversity and beauty of wildlife is preserved for posterity.
She pledged that the report would be implemented through a
Conservation Connectivity Framework involving national and
county governments, communities and private landowners in a
collaborative conservation process for key wildlife areas.
She urged development partners and donors to continue to
extend any form of support that will facilitate implementation
of the proposed conservation connectivity framework.
Representing the Development Partners Wildlife Issues Group,
U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec lauded the launch of
the report, expressing hope that the data and information within
it will help to inform, generate ideas and solutions, and
provide a common base of understanding to help preserve Kenya’s
unique wildlife for future generations.
He stressed the importance of on-going consultations even as
the report is being implemented.
Dr. Richard Leakey, Chairman, KWS Board of Trustees, said
wild animals and people do not necessarily understand each other
in terms of territorial issues.
"It’s quite difficult to look after wildlife, and forestry,
if you don’t have the support of the communities", he said.
He appreciated the NGO community for putting money, effort
and people into compiling "this extremely comprehensive report."
He stressed the importance of including the County Government
in land-use policy.
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