Kenya’s wildlife conservationists on Monday called for comprehensive regional and international efforts to help contain rising poaching in the East African nation. The conservationists argued that establishing enforceable policies and stringent legislations that cut across the borders could curb illegal poaching and exportation of the pricey animal products.
“Dealing with the root cause of poaching means involving the countries stimulating the demand for the elephant tusks and rhino horns. As a country we may fight it but we need enforceable inter- regional policies to contain the vice,” Director of the Elephant’s Neighbours Center Jim Nyamu told journalists in Nakuru, about 180km northwest of Nairobi.
Nyamu who led fellow wildlife conservationists in an anti-poaching sensitization walk across the Nakuru County stressed the need to embrace a three-tier approach.
These include integrating the community in the anti-poaching efforts by enlightening them on the value of wildlife to their social and economic growth.
“There should also be principal ways of solving problems related to environment and the livelihoods of communities surrounding landscapes where the wildlife live so that they don’t hunt on them while within or outside the protected areas,” Nyamu said.
“The bias facing conservation efforts in Kenya is also an issue that needs to be solved not only by the government but the whole society. This is a collective responsibility,” he said.
He called on the government to fast track the passage of the revised Wildlife Bill, 2011 to facilitate the enactment of the stiffer penalties against any form of poaching or injury to the reserved animals.
The current legislations, he argued meted out lenient punitive measures to the poachers not consummate to the degree of damage they bring upon the country’s social and economic development. More....