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Minister praises pilot Beach Management Programme as Marine Park is branded
Date Published: 03 Jul, 2012
The Forestry and Wildlife Minister Hon. Dr. Noah Wekesa, has praised the pilot Beach Management Programme initiative that seeks to conserve Mombasa Marine Park ecosystem with its diverse habitats of beach, coral reefs and sea grass as well as a safe destination for tourists.
Hon. Wekesa was speaking recently when he presided over the branding of Mombasa Marine Park and Reserve.
The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) marine park branding ceremony represents a significant milestone towards the realization of tourism pillar of country’s Vision 2030. The Minister, who was accompanied by the Tourism Minister Hon. Dan Mwanzo, thanked KWS for taking the lead in enhancing the image of Mombasa city and the Marine Park as a world class tourism product.
“By ensuring that our beaches are clean and safe, that communication to visitors is enhanced and that local communities are involved in responsible tourism, Mombasa Marine Park has set the pace for redefining Mombasa city as a world class destination. In this regard, I wish to congratulate KWS for their excellent effort.” He added.
Hon. Dan Mwanzo also praised the programme for ensuring the beach is well maintained. He applauded KWS and its partners for their efforts in putting in place initiatives for beach and marine conservation. “This programme is a good example and should be replicated across other beaches in the country like Lake Victoria and Lake Turkana,” he said.
The park is the first Marine Park in Kenya to introduce a Beach Management Programme. The programme aims to restore the competitive edge of Kenya’s Coastal area as a tourism destination while ensuring that the marine and beach tourism products are preserved. The initiative had on Wednesday (June 22, 2012) won KWS a best innovation award at the Kenya Tourism Awards ceremony.
The ministers also unveiled the Funguni fish shop at the Public Beach that will benefit fishermen around the Marine Park.
Meanwhile, KWS rangers have discovered 51 rounds of 7.62mm and four G3 magazines in Taita Taveta County on Monday (June 25, 2012). The cache was hidden in the bush at Rukinga ranch and reported to the KWS rangers by a herdsman. Three Cheetah skins were also recovered and three suspected poachers arrested at Maktau in the same County. KWS rangers also arrested two suspected poachers and 105 kilograms of bush meat recovered at Choke Ranch on Friday (June 29, 2012)
Elsewhere, two suspects were arrested and two python skin recovered in Nairobi County on Friday (June 29, 2012).