Friday, September 20, 2019
CS,Prof. Judi Wakhungu viewing a simple  water harvesting technique during the Biodiversity day fetes in Laikipia   County

CS,Prof. Judi Wakhungu viewing a simple water harvesting technique during the Biodiversity day fetes in Laikipia County

The government is formulating programs that will reduce wildlife-human conflict in the country in a bid to conserve biodiversity, Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

Prof. Wakhungu of Environment, Water and natural Resources said that widespread conflict in Laikipia County was as a result of human activity that had pushed wildlife out of its natural habitat.

The CS praised residents of Laikipia for initiating private conservancies that had become sanctuaries of threatened wildlife species and attracted international attention as tourists flocked the county to view the game.

Prof. Wakhungu pointed out that Laikipia was a leader in conservation of the country’s water towers and wildlife thereby effectively managing the biodiversity that was threatened by continued change of habitat.

Speaking in Nanyuki town when she led the country in marking this year’s International Biodiversity day, the CS noted that loss of wildlife to poachers was caused by global insecurity, adding that nations of the world were coming together to stem the vice.

She disclosed that her Ministry had formulated various policies, strategies and legislation to help conserve biodiversity for sustainable development. Among them are sessional papers on Environment, wetlands conservation, integrated coastal zone management that had been approved by cabinet for publication and debate by parliament.

The policies will help the country adequately address the prevailing and emerging threats to biodiversity the CS added.

Prof. Judi Wakhungu, flanked by Director MEAs, Richard Mwendandu and other dignitaries being shown a simple cooking jiko

Prof. Judi Wakhungu, flanked by Director MEAs, Richard Mwendandu and other dignitaries being shown a simple cooking jiko

Further prof. Wakhungu disclosed that her Ministry had finalized the compilation of the country’s natural Capital and produced an Atlas of Kenya biological Diversity, to be launched soon.

The CS appealed to Kenyans to embrace biodiversity conservation for the country’s socio-economic development.

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Prof. Judi Wakhungu flagging off the International Biodiversity day procession in Nyanyuki Town

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