Friday, February 21, 2020

Kenya’s war against poaching has been boosted by a new set of superior digital and solar radio communications technology.

The over Ksh. 700 million projects funded by the French government will be instrumental in facilitating Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) security operations through the upgrading of its current analogue network to a more robust and enhanced digital platform.

This is a major boost to the country and particularly KWS as it will go a long way in achieving conservation targets under the National Elephant Action Plan aimed at using advanced technology in wildlife conservation, says Environment and Natural Resources CS Prof Judi Wakhungu said.

Speaking during the Launch of Kenya wildlife service Digital Radio Network and Solar Power backup project at the KWS headquarters in Langata, the CS said, the current phase of the project is worth seven million Euros will be repaid in thirty equal consecutive six monthly installments with an interest of 0.73 percent and a grace period of five years.

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu with the French Minister Matthias FEKL during the launch of the Digital Radio first call at the KWS headquarters

CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu with the French Minister Matthias FEKL during the launch of the Digital Radio first call at the KWS headquarters

Prof Wakhungu noted that the first phase of digital radio network will be covering three out of the eight conservation areas delineated by KWS. The project will eventually be rolled out to the remaining five conservation areas for effective protection of the country’s national heritage in a second phase of the project.

She added that her Ministry aimed at reducing poverty in the country through its mandate: to monitor, protect, conserve and manage the environment and natural resources through sustainable exploitation for socio-economic development. Further the ministry strived to improve Kenyans’ living standards by ensuring a clean environment is sustained into the future.

Tourism has for a long time been the second largest sector in Kenya’s economy after agriculture, accounting for 21% of total foreign exchange earnings and 12 % of GDP. In recent years, however, this key sector has been adversely affected by a myriad of factors.

Despite the challenges, the Government is firmly committed to fighting wildlife crimes, including poaching the CS said, adding that the country was also beefing up surveillance at the ports of entry exit with a view to blocking transit of illegal wildlife trophies.

The French minister Matthias FEKL (left) and CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu unveiling the plaque to mark the Launch of the Digital Radio First call at the KWS headquarters

The French minister Matthias FEKL (left) and CS Prof. Judi Wakhungu unveiling the plaque to mark the
Launch of the Digital Radio First call at the KWS headquarters

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