Kenya has called on wildlife and conservation sector stakeholders to work with the government to enhance public-private partnerships to boost the sector.
Najib Balala, tourism and wildlife cabinet secretary, pointed out the need to deal with certain risk factors in the sector involving human-wildlife conflict, community user rights and financial sustainability.
Balala said concerted efforts were crucial to stemming the conflicts while enhancing user rights and called for the creation of a Wildlife Endowment Fund to sustain the sector.
“Public-private partnerships are key in boosting wildlife tourism and conservation. We need to have unity of purpose between NGOs, communities, conservancies and the private sector to carve new way forward post this pandemic,” Balala added.
John Waweru, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) director-general, called for a re-modeling of the wildlife sector by effectively deploying technology and sharing how KWS will be making investments to do so.
“Some of the initiatives will include the use of technology to identify and monitor animals as well as designing targeted educational and conservation programs,” said Waweru.
Dickson ole Kaelo, CEO of the Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association urged county governments to work closely with the national government and wildlife stakeholders to improve the sector.
Kaelo said that such an approach would ensure that the country’s Wildlife National Strategy, the Wildlife Act and other sector policies are implemented effectively and in a coordinated approach. Enditem