The Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, Hon. Najib Balala, launched the Greater Maasai Mara Ecosystem Management Plan, on Friday 19th February, 2020 at the Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association Offices, Aitong, Narok County.
Speaking during the function, the CS noted that the model of conservancies to coexist with communities is a model that has to be planned and well organized, because if care is not taken, overdevelopment and overgrazing will not only kill the Maasai Mara National Reserve, but the conservancies as well.
“I urge the national government, county government, private stakeholders and the conservancies to finalise the Maasai Mara National Reserve Management Plan. This will be a benefit to the community as well as future posterity of the wildlife heritage,” said the CS.
The Greater Maasai Mara Ecosystem Management Plan aims at providing a roadmap for integration of wildlife conservation, as a land use method across the Greater Maasai Mara ecosystem.
The plan will identify the key conservation and development goals to be achieved over the next 20 years to sustain the ecosystem’s ecological integrity and development needs of the communities.
The Greater Maasai Mara Ecosystem Management Plan comprises of 7 thematic areas that focus on wildlife protection, natural resource preservation, land use, opening of wildlife corridors and other sustainable conservation measures.
Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Ole Sopia, said that for the last 10 years, the communities living around Maasai Mara National Reserve have embraced wildlife conservancies, with over 15,000 land owners having leased their land for the course.
Those present were; Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, IG (Rtd) Joseph Boinnet, Ag Chair, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Board of Trustees, Betty Maitoyo, the Director General Kenya KWS, Brigadier (Rtd) John Waweru, USAID Representative Environment Office Director, Aurelia Micko, and other dignitaries.