FIRST LADY ENCOURAGES LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN MATTERS WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

Kenya has continued to reaffirm its position as far as the anti-poaching crusade is concerned and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta backed the importance of engaging local communities in the fight.

The First Lady said the success of wildlife protection lies in changing conservation strategies to involve the locals who co-exist with the animals noting that past conservation strategies had failed and ended in generating conflicts, resentment and apathy between rural communities and conservation agencies.

The First Lady was speaking at a Nairobi Hotel today during the opening of an international conference under the Global Wildlife Program, which the theme was: Engaging Local Communities in Wildlife Conservation in Kenya.

The three-day conference is sponsored by the World Bank Group (WBG) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and comes in the wake of the recent torching of over 106 tonnes of elephant tusks and rhino horns by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

A KWS security officer stands near a burning pile of illegal ivory set on fire by President Uhuru Kenyatta
A KWS security officer stands near a burning pile of illegal ivory set on fire by President Uhuru Kenyatta

Echoing the same statement, Kenya Country Director for the WBG Ms Diarietou Gaye agreed with the First Lady that the recent torching of elephant tusks and rhino horns by President Kenyatta had sent the strongest statement that the animals were more valuable when alive than dead.