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Untitled-1The Cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Environment Water and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu presided over the 4th graduation ceremony at the Kenya Wildlife Service Institute in Naivasha on the 30th April, 2015.

A total of 100 granduands were conferred with diplomas and certificates in various disciplines, including Environmental Management, Tourism Management, Wildlife Management, Tour Guiding and Wildlife Sanctuary Management.

   CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing graduands at the 13th KWSTI graduation ceremony in Naivasha

 Prof.  Wakhungu congratulated the graduands, singling out the institute as a centre of excellence in natural resource management and tourism development. The institute, which was started in 1985, is renowned for training and conducting research in Natural Resource Management in an effort to enhance conservation, management and sustainability of Kenya’s wildlife resources and their habitats.

She challenged the graduands to use their acquired knowledge and technical skills to help protect biodiversity which is little compared to the cumulative threats to our environment today.  “This calls for all of us to work much harder to inject positive change before it is too late.  Wildlife belongs to all Kenyans. We must show the communities the benefits they are getting and how they can gain direct benefits from wildlife conservation”.

                 More than 100 granduands were conferred with diplomas and certificates in various disciplines.

Professor Wakhungu congratulated the Kenya wildlife services for running a corrupt-free Ranger recruitment exercise for recruits to join the KWS Law Enforcement Academy. She said the rangers will help to increase security and response around the conservation areas.

The CS emphasised the need to educate the people on the importance of wildlife conservation and to make sure that they are well engaged in protection of habitats, in order to the natural heritage, adding that weapons and sophisticated equipment  alone could not stop poaching and called for collaboration with all stakeholders.

She reiterated that the need to nurture Mother Nature through Training, Capacity building and Conservation Education adding that wildlife conferred immense ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational, and aesthetic benefits to sustainable development and human well-being. She urged KWS to   raise awareness of the urgent need for conservation and its attendant benefits.

Wildlife, the CS noted has great socioeconomic value for the people of Kenya and comprised a critical pillar of the country’s tourism which is industry largely wildlife based and is one of the key sectors expected to deliver the vision 2030.

The CS paid special tribute to the Governments of South Sudan, Zambia, and Uganda for trusting Kenya to train their citizens on wildlife and tourism.

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