Wednesday, September 19, 2018
PS, Natural Resources viewing dummy wildlife at the KWS exhibition stand during the WED celebrations in Nanyuki

PS, Natural Resources viewing dummy wildlife at the KWS exhibition stand during the WED celebrations in Nanyuki

Kenya needs to change its land use model to retain a competitive advantage of wildlife heritage in the world, Cabinet Secretary for Environment Prof. Judi Wakhungu has said.

She noted that wildlife habitat in the country had been transformed over the years to give way to human settlements, cultivation and pasture for livestock leading to about 50 % loss of wildlife in and outside protected areas.

The CS added that owing to the rapidly growing population currently estimated and 40 million and the projected economic growth rate, the numbers of wildlife were threatened with reduction if measures were not put in place urgently.

Prof.Wakhungu’s sentiments were contained in a message read on her behalf by the principal Secretary for Natural Resources Dr. Margaret Mwakima during the annual World Environment day celebrations held in Nanyuki, Laikipia County. This year’s theme was “Fight against the illegal trade in Wildlife”.

She called for a closer working relationship with communities living near wildlife sanctuaries and the local and international communities to stop the destruction of the country’s wildlife heritage in order to ensure a sustainable future of the diversity.

The CS reaffirmed the government’s commitment to protect wildlife, especially the endangered elephant and rhino species through stringent anti-poaching laws and inter-agency surveillance on trafficking in wildlife trophies which she observed had led to drastic reduction in cases of poaching in the country. She added that the illegal wildlife trade also affected less known species like the sea turtles.

Prof Wakhungu lauded the April 30th 2016, burning of 105 tones of Ivory and 1.35 tones of rhino horns by President Kenyatta adding that the action signaled the world that Kenya was advocating for a total global ban in trade of the endangered species.

The CS urged Kenyans to celebrate all plant and animal species under threat in respective communities and take action to safeguard them for future generation

Clean energy promotion - PS, Dr. Margaret Mwakima viewing a bio-gas cooking stove in one of the exhibitions

Clean energy promotion – PS, Dr. Margaret Mwakima viewing a bio-gas cooking stove in one of the exhibitions

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