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India and Kenya to strengthen ties in wildlife conservation and management
Date Published: 20 Mar, 2013
India and Kenya are set to further strengthen their ties in wildlife conservation and management following a consultative meeting between the Indian High Commissioner to Kenya, Mr. Sibabrata Tripathi and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Director, Mr. William Kiprono.
Speaking during a courtesy call to the KWS Director, Mr. Tripathi said the Indian Government will be seeking to exchange ideas on how best to encourage further collaboration between Kenya and India in terms of wildlife conservation and management.
The KWS Director also said the two countries will explore training exchange programs among their wildlife officers to encourage capacity building and seek different ways of addressing emerging wildlife issues.
“The two countries share the same variety of wildlife species hence the need to work collaboratively together to address similar challenges they face such as wildlife crime, climate change, rising populations as well as the spread of invasive species”, the Indian High Commissioner said.
Mr. Tripathi further added that they will initiate talks with Kenya’s Cricket administrators to look into ways of linking the sport (which is immensely popular between the two countries) with tourism in order to increase Indian visitor numbers in the country.
The rise of the Indian Economy in the last few years has led to a subsequent rise in its citizens touring various countries across the globe. Kenya is fast becoming a favourable tourist destination for Indians with an annual visitation of around 20,000 Indian tourists. The most common areas visited by Indians in Kenya include the Maasai Mara National Reserve and the Amboseli National Park.