By Rawlings Otieno, Isaac Meso
The war against poaching can only be won if nations work together to secure their borders, a government official has said.
Environment Cabinet Secretary Prof Judy Wakhungu said misuse of ports and airports as transit points for illegal wildlife products continues to be checked through efforts by vigilant warders, security personnel and patriotic citizens.
“Some of these illegal imports end up constituting alien or invasive species which threaten ecological balances, as well as our natural capital,” said Wakhungu.
She made the remarks during the official opening of the Sixth Natural Capital, Resilience and Sustainable Development in East Africa at the Kenya School of Government in Nairobi, on Wednesday.
Wakhungu said wetlands and waters will need to be better protected to ensure sustainability, noting that lakes Victoria, Turkana or Tanganyika, as well as the Indian Ocean comprise part of the country’s regional boundaries.
And for wildebeests of the Mara to survive, conservation policies and initiatives on the one side of the border must be as good as those on the other side, she added.