The Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife through the Kenya Wildlife Service is working on modalities that will lead to extensive fencing off of all national parks to mitigate against human-wildlife conflict. Cabinet Secretary (CS) Dr. Alfred Mutua however says that beyond fencing , there is an urgent need for enhanced education and awareness among human populations residing near wildlife sanctuaries to encourage co-existence.
The CS said this during a meeting with the board of trustees at Kenya wildlife service . He also announced plans to visit all 47 counties to discuss the issue of human-wildlife conflict with the leadership of county government. He will also be discussing the issue of compensation for those affected by the conflict between wildlife and humans and strategies of growing the tourism sector. The CS who was accompanied by the principal secretary in charge of wildlife Ms. Silvia Museiya spoke on the need to partner more purposefully with the private sector in growing tourism.
The meeting with the KWS board centered on several critical aspects, including the current state of Kenya’s wildlife and conservation efforts, strategic plans to address challenges, and avenues for collaboration.
“It’s heartening to see the collective wisdom and expertise within KWS, and the synergy of ideas that have emerged. Your contributions are integral to the success of our mission to safeguard Kenya’s unique ecosystems, its stunning wildlife, and the well-being of our communities.”, he told those attending the meeting.