The Principal Secretary, State Department for Wildlife Dr. Susan Koech today opened The Global Wildlife Program (GWP) Annual Conference. The 5 day program is one of the largest global partnerships created to combat wildlife crime and promote wildlife-based economies. Through an investment of $230 million in GEF financing and $1.4 billion in co-financing, the GWP brings together national efforts across over 30 countries. GWP national projects across Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean, along with a global grant, create a collaborative program that facilitates action on the ground, connections across sectors and borders, and the sharing of experiences, lessons, and best practices.
Global Wildlife Program (GWP) Annual Conference
The World Bank, as lead agency for the GWP, and the Kenyan Ministry of Tourism & Wildlife, Ministry of Environment, Water & Natural Resources and the Kenya Wildlife Service, executing agencies of the US$3.8 million GEF-6, Combating poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking in Kenya, through an integrated approach project, with the support of UNDP, are the host to this year’s GWP annual conference.
The conference intends to strengthen collaboration and knowledge exchange in support of GWP national project implementation and stimulate new thinking and opportunities for conservation and development. The theme of the conference is wildlife conservation for development mirroring the theme of the GEF-8 integrated program, and aiming to show the intersections between wildlife conservation, climate and development.
The PS was accompanied by Ms. Mandisa Mashologu Deputy Resident Representative- Program UNDP; Dr. Adraiana Moreira, GWP Coordinator, GEF Secretariat; Dr Erustus Kanga, Wildlife Secretary.