CAJ News Agency (Johannesburg)

25 March 2014

Kenya: Canada Commits Funds to Address Climate Change

Nairobi — CANADA has provided US$1 million in its resource conservation expertise to Kenya through a project that would help the latter's protected areas and enable locals adapt to climate change.

Funded under Canada's Fast-Start Financing, the project highlights the importance of protecting and preserving healthy ecosystems that help provide vital services like clean water and hydro-electricity for Kenya's communities.

The Government of Canada has provided $990 000 for this project whereby Parks Canada and the Kenya Wildlife Service would help communities and ecosystems adapt to the challenges of climate change.

The project is being carried out in six national parks, Amboseli, Tsavo East, Tsavo West, Mt. Kenya, Aberdare and Lake Nakuru.

These iconic tourist destinations are among the most important biodiversity hotspots in the country and provide clean water to more than half of Kenya's population.

Leona Aglukkaq, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister Responsible for Parks Canada, said that national parks were important for conserving wildlife, supporting tourism opportunities and providing livelihoods and other benefits to neighboring communities, both within Canada and internationally.

“This is why our government has taken a leadership role in working with the Kenya Wildlife Service to ensure that these places continue to provide services that support food security, clean air and clean water for future generations," said Aglukkaq.

Efforts to maintain and restore important national park ecosystems would help to ensure that Kenya's wildlife-based tourism industry could continue to thrive and that the Kenyan people would be able to continue to depend on water, hydro-electricity and other important services that these protected ecosystems provide.

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