Securing Wildlife Corridors - Bilateral Discussions
The Director of Wyss Academy for Nature, Hub East Africa, Dr Ben Okita accompanied by the CEO and a Board Director of the Conservation Alliance of Kenya had a bilateral on 15th November 2022 on the sidelines of the CITES meeting in Panama City with Hon.
Penina Malonza,the new Kenyan Minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage. Their discussion focused on the implementation of the national wildlife corridors and dispersal areas report (Report on Wildlife Corridors and Dispersal Areas | KWCA (kwcakenya.com) and on securing the Nairobi National Park – Athi Kapiti connectivity corridor. The latter’s report by a national Task Force is yet to be launched by the government.
The Minister reiterated Kenya’s commitment to priorities securing wildlife corridors and would be looking into fundraising opportunities and partners to implement the report. Elephants and other species of wildlife & livestock are seriously affected by movement & connectivity issues in Kenya significantly affecting them and by extension the tourism industry and the cultural ways of lives for the pastoralists communities who depend largely on livestock keeping.
Wyss Academy for Nature, Hub East Africa is currently partnering with Save the Elephants and the National Land Commission to secure wildlife and livestock corridors in northern Kenya. The Hub is also committed to keeping the momentum around securing of the Nairobi National park -Athi Kapiti wildlife corridor.