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Government gives sh13.2m worth of tools and equipment to mitigate human wildlife conflict

Date Published: 15 Apr, 2013
Government gives sh13.2m worth of tools and equipment to mitigate human wildlife conflict

Sergeant Kitolo briefs a team of problem animal management unit rangers dressed in rain jackets ready for work. The government has released Sh13.2 million for the purchase of their tools and equipment.

Communities who host wildlife on their land will now sleep easier following the government’s  release of  Sh13.2 million to Kenya Wildlife Service Problem Animal Management Unit (PAMU) for the purchase of their tools of trade.

PAMU, an elite rapid frontline response team of rangers, was established in the year 1994 to undertake problem animal control across the various human wildlife conflicts (HWC) hotspots in the country.  They beef up ground teams when they are overwhelmed with human wildlife conflict incidents across the country.

Human wildlife conflict remains a major challenge in the management and conservation of wildlife in Kenya.

The materials have already been deployed to the unit. They include a custom-made Land Cruiser van, tents and equipments, cameras, GPS equipments, rain clothing, binoculars, and computers.

Rangers are expected to undergo training on the use of the equipment in due course.

In year 2012, 3,737 cases of human wildlife conflicts were reported across the country down from 4,887 in the previous year.

Already, the government has released Sh18.4 million for payment to people killed or injured by wildlife across the country. A total of 230 cases, out of which 46 were deaths cases and 184 injury cases, were reported and approved by the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife at a ministerial wildlife compensation committee meeting in February 2013.

KWS has also stepped up efforts to combat human wildlife conflicts with aim of alleviating the suffering occasioned by these human wildlife interactions.

 

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