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Community rangers graduate at KWS Law Enforcement Academy
Date Published: 09 Dec, 2013
Sixty-eight Community rangers on December 5, 2013 graduated at the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Law Enforcement Academy, bringing the total number of community rangers trained by KWS so far to over 1,200.
The training took three months during which the rangers were taken through wildlife management, human wildlife conflict management, community enterprise models, paramilitary, First Aid and personal discipline among others. Training of community rangers provides a force multiplier to the existing KWS rangers’ force. It is also aimed at standardizing operations in wildlife conservancies across the country.
The Community rangers were drawn from twelve conservancies namely: Samburu National Reserve, Ol Lentille Conservancy, Pate Island, Awer Conservancy, Soysambu Conservancy, Tamimi Conservancy, Olderkesi (Mara), Hanshak Nyongoro, Nalare Conservancy, Bisanadi, Nkoteiya Conservancy and Lower Tana Delta.
The occasion was graced by KWS Deputy Director for Devolution and Community Service Benjamin Kavu, and Fiesta Warinwa who is the Africa Wildlife Foundation (AWF) Country director among others.
Mr. Kavu who was the chief guest congratulated the newly trained community rangers and asked them to be courageous to face immense challenges of conservation awaiting them in the course of their duties. He cited some of the challenges as poaching, human wildlife conflict, and shrinking dispersal areas. He said KWS appreciates the involvement of communities in wildlife conservation as they are key stakeholders.
He thanked USAID and AWF for supporting KWS in training of community rangers and building capacity for communities to manage wildlife. He asked communities to take advantage of the new Wildlife Conservation and Management Bill, 2013 as it gives provision for increased community land for wildlife conservation.