KWCA Submits Recommendations to the Wildlife Conservation and Management (Amendment) Bill, 2016
Posted: 7th Apr 2017 10:00:00 AM
On 15th March KWCA partnered with Conservation Alliance of Kenya (CAK) to provide input and recommendation to the Wildlife Conservation and Management (amendment) Bill, 2016 upon invitation by the Ministry of Environment and Natural resources. 32 participants from conservancies, conservation NGOs and government agencies met at the AWF conservation center to discuss the private members Bill prepared by the National Assembly Departmental Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.
The proposed amendments were presented to the ministry and shared to the parliamentary committee during its meeting held on 31st March in Mombasa. Among the proposals agreed include; a more inclusive definition of a conservancy, renaming of wildlife scouts to conservancy rangers and improved protection of conservancies from illegal activities such as illegal and unauthorized mining, logging, quarrying, cultivation, entry and grazing.
As an avenue for communities in areas with limited or no tourism potential to benefit from wildlife conservation, bird shooting was recommended for specific bird species under strict regulation as has been practiced for the last 13 years with no impact on the bird species.
An independent conservation trust fund was proposed to attract funding through public private partnership to improve investment in wildlife conservation and provide support to conservation in community and privately owned land.
Through this and other engagements, KWCA continues to uniquely position itself as a genuine voice of communities living with wildlife. KWCA actively participated in the development of the Wildlife Act in 2013 further improving the recognition of communities as an important stakeholder group in the conservation of wildlife.
KWCA and CAK recommendations can be downloaded here.