Monday, December 10, 2018
PS, Dr. Margaret Mwakima with Laikipia Gvnor, Joshua Irungu, DG-NEMA, Geoffrey Wahungu and a member of NEMA board sending a message on conservation during the 2016 WED fetes.

PS, Dr. Margaret Mwakima with Laikipia Gvnor, Joshua Irungu, DG-NEMA, Geoffrey Wahungu and a member of NEMA board sending a message on conservation during the 2016 WED fetes.

The 2016 World Environment Day National celebrations were held in Nanyuki Town, Laikipia County, with a strong call on conservation of Flora and Fauna in the country and especially the animals that face extinction due to poaching.

In a speech read on her behalf by the Principal Secretary, State Department of Natural Resources, Dr. Margaret Mwakima, the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Prof. Judi Wakhungu noted that, the country’s population is projected to grow by 70% by 2030 and this, coupled with projected growth of 6%per annum, is expected to contribute to decline in wildlife numbers if measures to protect the wildlife are not urgently put in place and implemented.

Prof. Wakhungu said that, the underlying factors of this loss of the country’s natural heritage are attributed to land use change leading to the transformation of wildlife habitat into human settlements, cultivation and pasture for livestock.

The CS reiterated the need to find land use models that tackle the underlying causes of change, in order to maintain wildlife habitat in the face of population and economic growth.

Addressing the gathering, Laikipia Governor, H.E. Hon. Joshua Irungu noted that, though the county has the second biggest number of animals roaming outside protected areas, the major reason for human wildlife conflict is because of conflict in resource use between people and wildlife, and noted that, his administration is fencing off areas where animals have caused havoc.

The governor revealed that, mega Dams are also being put up in these areas to make sure that wildlife and domestic animals have enough water to alleviate conflict.

The World Environment day was set aside in 1972 by the United Nations to be used as a platform for creating awareness and educating the public on the importance of the environment, while appreciating the achievements made towards its preservation.

Creating WED awareness - PS, Natural Resources with Laikipia gvnor, Joshua Irungu in a procession during the 2016-WED in Nanyuki town.

Creating WED awareness – PS, Natural Resources with Laikipia gvnor, Joshua Irungu in a procession during the 2016-WED in Nanyuki town.

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