5 October 2012

Kenya: Alarm Over Delayed New Wildlife Law

The delayed enactment of the Wildlife Bill and Policy 2010 has been blamed for the human-wildlife conflict. Conservationists say the law will alleviate the suffering of communities in wildlife conflict hotspots and ensure deterrent penalties to save the endangered elephants and rhinos from poachers.

Kenya Wildlife Service board of trustee vice chairperson Margaret Mwakima said once enacted the new law will benefit the communities living the game parks and national reserves and ensure protection and conservation of wildlife.

"It will mainstream the needs and aspirations of land owners and communities in wildlife areas into wildlife conservation planning and decision making processes," she said, adding that it will ensure protection and conservation of wildlife outside protected areas." Mwakima was speaking yesterday when she laid a foundation stone for Maktau Girls Secondary School dormitory in Taita Taveta.

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