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THE EAST AFRICAN WILD LIFE SOCIETY

The East African Wild Life Society is a membership-based public benefit organization that seeks to enhance the conservation and wise use of the environment and natural resouces in the East African region.

 

 

EAWLS Participates in Charting New Way Forward for Wildlife Protection

East African Wild Life Society’s (EAWLS) Executive Director, Julius Kamau, on 12 June 2017 represented the Society in the launch of consultations that will culminate in the formulation of Kenya’s National Wildlife Conservation and Management Strategy.

The launch of the process by Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, at a breakfast meeting in Nairobi will lead to the creation of the strategy, which is provided for under the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act 2013, and aligns with the country’s Vision 2030 development blueprint, as wells as other relevant policy and legal frameworks, including SDGs, Aichi target 11, Medium Term Plan 3.

The strategy will also provide a coordinated framework for national wildlife conservation and management, in accordance with the various land tenure systems – public, community and private.

The strategy aims to:

· Set national targets and indicators for viable and sustainable wildlife and habitat conservation over the coming decades;

· Secure wildlife habitats, dispersal areas and corridors and promote evidence-based integrated planning to enhance wildlife conservation across terrestrial, fresh-water and marine environments;

· Stop poaching and illegal wildlife trade, and strengthen the inter-agency collaboration in the Governance, Justice, Law and Order Sector (GJLOS) in dealing with illegal wildlife trade;

· Address strategies to avoid and mitigate human-wildlife conflict

· Establish and implement national long-term wildlife conservation and management funding and monitoring and reporting systems; and

· Strengthen cooperative management of wildlife resources by the national and county governments, communities, individual landowners and other stakeholders.

The strategy formulation process is being spearheaded and coordinated by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources with financial support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The process will build on past and present policies, practices, regulations, amendments, and strategies to ensure coherence.

The process will review existing strategies and document best practices nationally and internationally, use focus group discussions, seek technical input from experts and organise key stakeholder consultations and broad public participation.

Meetings will be held in all the 47 counties in June and July. Nairobi (June 19), Nanyuki (June 22), Wajir (June 29), Kisumu (June 30), Nakuru (July 3) and Mombasa (July 5).

As a member of the Society, your participation is encouraged and your views are essential in the development of a pragmatic and innovative strategy that will guide Kenya to effectively address conservation challenges over the next five years.

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