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A Qatar Prince seeks to partner with KWS

Date Published: 01 Feb, 2013
A Qatar Prince seeks to partner with KWS

From right; KWS Senior Scientist Endangered Species Dr. Charles Musyoki, Director of the Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation, Dr. Tim Bouts, KWS Senior Wardens Nancy Kabete and Nelly Palmeris, KWS Assistant Director Community Enterprise Development Munira Bashir, Assistant Director Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation Dr. Abdi Arif, KWS International Conventions and Agreements Officer, Mr. Solomon Kyalo and KWS Corporate communications Manager, Mr. Ngugi Gecaga.

Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation (AWWP), a Qatar based private conservation body seeks to partner with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) on possible preservation and conservation programmes in Kenya.

This was said today (February 1, 2013) when the Director of the Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation, Dr. Tim Bouts paid KWS a courtesy visit. He was accompanied by his Assistant Director Dr. Abdi Arif.

The Qatar based conservation body boasts of heightened technological, scientific and sustainable development prowess. According to Dr. Bouts, they currently have projects in Brazil where they are trying to re introduce the Spix’s Macaw-an endangered parrot species endemic to Brazil, back to the wild. They also are running projects in Somalia on the conservation of the wild ass and in Ethiopia, to preserve the Dibatag (an antelope endemic to the Horn of Africa)

KWS Senior Scientist in charge of Endangered Species Dr. Charles Musyoki welcomed the pair and thanked them for visiting Kenya and venturing to know what platforms they could partner. “Though we share similar goals, our biggest challenge is resources in general to manage the vast flora and fauna especially due to climate change, land use changes and poaching.” He added.

Their interest in Kenya is focused on partnering with KWS on species conservation rather than individual conservation. In this case they intend to find ways and new ideas together with KWS to protecting the Hirolas and Tana River Red Colubus monkey through technological research and science based mechanisms to avert certain ecological challenges.

Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation sits on a 2.5 sq.km and was started in 1990 by H.E Sheikh Saoud Bin Mohamed Bin Ali Al Thani, a Qatar National. He is hailed as one of the foremost art collectors globally.

 

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