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KWS receives laptops to fight bush meat trade
Date Published: 20 Jan, 2012
KWS director Mr. Julius Kipng’etich receives a laptop from Born free Country Director Mr. Iregi Mwenja at the KWS Headquarters on Friday 20, 2012. Born Free through The Bush meat-free Eastern Africa Network (BEAN) donated five laptop computers worth USD 3000 to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to be used in curbing poaching and trade in bush meat.
The Bush meat-free Eastern Africa Network (BEAN) has donated five laptop computers worth USD 3000 to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) for fighting poaching and trade in bush meat.
The laptops will be used by KWS personnel in the field to enhance information management that will aid in law enforcement and address the bush meat menace plaguing the country.
KWS Director, Mr Julius Kipng’etich, who received the equipment, said KWS is shifting direction to focus on information-based systems for effective management.
“KWS is strengthening its decision making using information systems and is also seeking to expand its Wide Area Network (WAN) to cover all its stations in the country,” Mr Kipng’etich said.
Illegal bushmeat poaching has been on the rise because wild animals outside protected areas are mistakenly seen as a freely exploitable, uncared-for resource that benefits only those who use it first. A couple of new factors have also emerged that are fuelling the problem. These include drought, escalating poverty and food shortages.
A change in awareness, behaviour and responsibility must be developed among all sectors of society to address this problem. Collaboration and partnerships that bring together government authority, private industry, non-profit organisation and local community initiatives and efforts is also important in the fight against bush meat poaching and assure the future of wildlife populations.
KWS is also committed to enhancing awareness to communities on how the illegal and unsustainable bushmeat trade will impact future economics and ecology of their own livelihoods.
BEAN is an interdisciplinary and multi-institutional network of stakeholders who work collaboratively to raise awareness, share information and leverage resources to build local partnerships. The stakeholders implement grassroots solutions that directly address bush meat exploitation problems affecting protected and surrounding areas in Eastern Africa.
It is a network of East African professionals and organizations dedicated to working together to address the bush meat crisis since 2009.