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Kenya Wildlife Service position on the Maasai Mara National Reserve
Date Published: 14 Aug, 2013
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) wishes to correct a misrepresentation of facts regarding its interests in the Masai Mara as carried in sections of media. KWS management is not interested in taking up the management of the Masai Mara National Reserve and all we are calling for is sustainable utilization of wildlife resources in the ecosystem.
As a State agency responsible for all wildlife in the country we will consult and provide all necessary support to the County Government of Narok.
We have initiated consultations not just with the County Government of Narok but many others across the country including Nakuru, Tana River, Kwale, Taita Taveta and will reach out to more with a view to securing our wildlife in national interest.
It should be noted that KWS is mandated through Wildlife Conservation and Management Act (CAP 376) of 1989 the authority to manage all National parks and Reserves in the country. Consequently, KWS manages approximately 8% of the total landmass of Kenya that consists of 22 national parks, four (4) national sanctuaries including six (6) marine national reserves and four (4) marine national parks. KWS also manages some National reserves under an MOU. There are also 125 field stations scattered across the country for management of wildlife outside the protected area system.
It cannot be gain said that KWS has invested heavily in the management of the Mara ecosystem to sustain the integrity of biodiversity. We run a research facility inside the reserve and we are involved in conducting research and long time monitoring programs in the Mara ecosystem. We have overtime carried out total aerial census for wildlife populations, sample wildlife counts, biomass assessments and offered veterinary services.
Furthermore, wildlife security as envisaged in law is jointly carried out by KWS to offer reinforcement to fight poaching gangs including intelligence gathering on local cross border gangs. KWS has been in the fore front in securing visitors both on transit into Mara or within Mara.
We have single handedly attended all problem animal incidents to mitigate human wildlife conflicts in the area. We are currently engaged in delivering three schools constructed by KWS namely Katakala (Ksh.3 Million), Enoomparbali (Ksh.3.4 Million) and Olkeri (Ksh.2.4 Million) as part of our corporate social responsibility.
KWS is the lead agency in the joint enforce on the Mau Forests Complex restoration. Large tracts of Mau forest is now being rehabilitated through collaboration of other agencies such as Kenya Forest Service, Narok County Council (now County government) and Administration police (Kenya Police Service).
Our relationship with County Government of Narok is very cordial and we will strive to keep it that way in line with provisions of the Constitution with regard to relations between County and National governments. We are committed to delivering the conservation agenda and in the role wildlife-based tourism plays in the Kenya’s economy.