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KWS Animal Adoption Programme wins top innovation award
Date Published: 27 Jun, 2012
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Animal Adoption Programme has won the Development of Policy, Strategy and Leadership Category at the Public Service Day, marked at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) in Nairobi.
The Adoption Programme innovation was submitted by the KWS Resource Mobilisation team led by Edwin Wanyonyi. The programme is a fundraising scheme started in November 2009 as a publicity and education programme. It aims at raising from private individuals and corporates towards the conservation of wildlife at the Nairobi Animal Orphanage and the Kisumu Impala Sanctuary.
Speaking while presiding over the event, the Minister for State for Public Service, Hon. Dalmas Otieno, called on public servants to be more innovative in order to help the government save money. The minister also urged them to find new and effective ways to serve the public.
While awarding KWS the award, the minister said the Animal Adoption programme will be showcased as part of an effort to mainstream innovations and encourage adoption throughout the Public Service.
The Animal Adoption Programme is one of the activities KWS is rolling out to raise money for an endowment fund to support Kenya’s wildlife heritage. The fund seeks to raise Sh7.5 billion (US$100 million) over 10 years to facilitate conservation of Kenya’s wildlife through challenges of climate change, drought, changing land use and high population growth.
The fund is also meant to cushion wildlife conservation from over-reliance on volatile tourism trends, donor support and political goodwill. The kitty will support wildlife and community conservation efforts for generations to come, and will be used for security operations, research and monitoring, translocations, infrastructure, conservation education and other conservation requirements.
Some of the notable people who have adopted wild animals through the programme include Jamaican double Olympic champion and 100m world record holder Usain Bolt, the Kenyan Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga, and former 110m world hurdles record holder Colin Jackson.
To date, the programme has seen the adoption of 15 wild animals by six corporate organizations and 15 individual sponsors.
The corporates include East Africa Ventures, Down Syndrome Society of Kenya, Resolution Health, Kenya Methodist University, Kenya Tourist Board and Microsoft Kenya.