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Posing for a memorable photo are, PS State Department of Natural Resources Dr Margaret Mwakima (center) with participants to validate the National Wildlife Conservation and Management Policy at the Kenya Commercial Bank Leadership Center in Karen

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources is fine-tuning a National Wildlife Conservation and Management Policy whose implementation will among others shield the sector from increased human-wildlife conflicts.

While unveiling a one-day Validation Workshop to discuss the National Wildlife Conservation and Management Policy at Kenya Commercial Bank Leadership Centre yesterday, Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judi Wakhungu said the first Wildlife Policy approved in 1975, had subsequent challenges which need to be addressed.

 In a speech read on her behalf by State Department of Natural Resources Principal Secretary Dr. Margaret Mwakima, Prof. Wakhungu said policy alterations will curb chronic issues within the wildlife sector such as human wildlife conflicts, increased poaching and illegal trade, conflicting sectorial policies and decline in wildlife numbers and range.

The Cabinet Secretary explained that the   implementation of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act, 2013 has brought about significant changes in the structure , and not only recognizes the Constitutional reality of three tenure systems but also contain provisions dealing with conservancies both on community and private lands as well as provisions on benefit sharing.

Wakhungu further said that emerging opportunities exist in wildlife as a land use by promoting participatory land-use planning in wildlife corridors and dispersal areas in community and private land.

 “Other opportunities include innovative benefit-sharing and conflict resolution mechanisms, and engaging in social contracts with communities to increase space for wildlife with shared liabilities,” Prof. Wakhungu added.

The finalization of the policy is being spearheaded by Stakeholders drawn from both the government and private sector. The deliberations entail interviews, focused group discussions and peer review workshops.

PS Dr Margaret Mwakima (center), with Conservation Secretary Mr Gathaara (right) and Director Wildlife Conservation Mr Stephen Manegene (left), Listening keenly on presentations from various speakers during the Validation workshop to discuss the policy on Wildlife Conservation and Management

PS Dr Margaret Mwakima (center), with Conservation Secretary Mr Gathaara (right) and Director Wildlife Conservation Mr Stephen Manegene (left), Listening keenly on presentations from various speakers during the Validation workshop to discuss the policy on Wildlife Conservation and Management

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