Friday, September 20, 2019
Prof. Judi Wakhugu addressing the KWS board of trustees during the inauguration at Langata Headquarters.

Prof. Judi Wakhugu addressing the KWS board of trustees during the inauguration at Langata Headquarters.

A new Board of Trustees for Kenya Wildlife Service is in place, following its inauguration by the Cabinet Secretary of Environment Water and Natural Resources Prof Judi Wakhungu.

Speaking during the installation, Prof. Wakhungu noted that their appointment was significant as it came at a time when KWS is facing major challenges like decline in number of visitors to the country;

She noted that KWS had witnessed a substantial drop in its revenues from park entry fees, illegal killing of wildlife, particularly the elephant and the rhino and the rising  human population which added pressure on wildlife protected areas thereby accelerating increased human-wildlife conflict.

                 The Cabinet Secretary enumerated the board’s terms of reference as:

  1. Considering  strategies for mobilizing resources for the Service, including operationalizing the Wildlife Endowment Fund,
  2. Take the lead in ensuring that all wildlife species are safe and secure it should also assist the Service put in place effective measures to mitigate human-wildlife conflict, and to ensure that the essential partnership with communities living with wildlife is maintained and nurtured
  3. Formulate policies to ensure that the people of Kenya utilize and benefit from their wildlife, as envisioned in the Constitution and the new Wildlife Act.
  4. Assist management formulate strategies to secure more space for wildlife.

The KWS Board of Trustees is established under section 8 of the Wildlife Act. Its general function is to manage the Service. More specifically, its three functions as specified in section 9 of the Act are to oversee the effective implementation of the national wildlife strategy, to approve the strategic plans, operational policies, and capital and recurrent budget of the Service and to perform such other functions as may be necessary to fulfill its mandate under the Act.

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