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KWS focuses on climate change in managing wildlife
Date Published: 29 Sep, 2011
Kenya Wildlife Service is investing Sh275 million for drought mitigation in wildlife management across the country. This was said by the KWS Director Julius Kipng’etich during the opening of a two-day Climate Change and Wildlife Management Workshop at the Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge in Taita Taveta County. With him was the German Ambassador to Kenya, Her Excellency Ms. Margit Hellwig-Boette, who graced the event. The German Government funded the series of workshops to the tune of Sh3 million within the various KWS conservation areas. The training workshops were undertaken in Nanyuki from August 10th to 13th, 2011, and covered Northern, Eastern and Mountain conservation areas and Nakuru, September, 6th to 9th, 2011 for the Central Rift, Mara and Western conservation areas. Mr Kipng’etich attributed 99 per cent of conflicts in the entire planet to competition for natural resources. He added that managing such challenges is figuring out mitigation and adaptation measures in combating climate change in the country. More than 60 KWS employees and wildlife management stakeholders have been trained and a further 30 are undergoing the training. The workshops target wildlife managers, scientists and stakeholders to empower and enlighten them on the issues related to climate change. Global Environmental Change is accelerating, with Climate Change considered to be the major driver impacting on human well-being and environmental health over the next 50 years and beyond.