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Stories From Around Kenya

WWF-Kenya carries out many conservation activities from species conservation to climate change awareness campaigns. Here are some of the latest stories from our projects around the country:

The Tsavo East Rhino Sanctuary

Other than poaching, one of the other major threats to rhinos in Kenya is inadequate secure space with suitable habitat to relieve parks and reserves with surplus rhino population. Negative growth rate which eventually leads to rhino population decline has been observed to be triggered by having rhino population maintained above their habitats ecological carrying capacity. Securing suitable habitats for population expansion is therefore inevitable for contributing to the vision of accommodating 2000 black rhinos in their natural ranges.
In line with the national black rhino conservation and management strategic plan (2012-2016), the need to address the threat emanating from the inadequate secure led the establishing the free range population, an area of 100km2 was set aside within Tsavo East National Park where a breeding sanctuary for black rhinos has been established.

International Best Practices and Standards Training Workshop

Recently WWF-Kenya partnered with Base Titanium company Kwale mining site to build much needed capacity, understanding and awareness around international best practices and standards in large scale developments to an array of government agencies (county and national), Civil Society Organisations, Research Institutions and private sector. The intention was to create a constituency of change champions that has the capacity and ability to engage the private sector and influence government policies, plans and development programmes to adopt initiatives that ensure that developments are implemented in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.
Need for such training was informed by the fact that all over the world, promotion of environmentally and socially responsible sustainable development is becoming increasingly important. The value of protecting and enhancing biodiversity, the fight against climate change and the recognition of the need to integrate human rights into economic development have never been greater.

I Am A Giant, Give Me Some Space 

For millennia, most local pastoral communities across Kenya co-existed with the wild harmoniously. There was plenty of land and everyone was happy. Save for a few ugly encounters in the vast East African Savanna of Amboseli, Kajiado, Maasai Mara and the Serengeti, humans and wild animals had 'mutual respect' for each other.

During those days of yore, the gentle giants, the African Elephants (Loxodonta africana africana) who cover between 10-50 miles a day depending on availability of food, water and whether their chubby babies accompany them, roamed the savannah with no single care in the world.  The adult male African Savannah Elephant weighing up to 5.5 tones especially do not have any known natural predator.

Poaching of elephants for ivory, which fuels illegal wildlife trade in addition to habitat loss due to man made and climatic change, remain the biggest challenge to the survival of the African elephants. Concerted efforts on the need to strike a balance between the need for development and conservation need to be constantly made.

Transforming Disability Into Ability In Conservation 

WWF works with a number of community groups in Kwale, supporting them to manage the county’s natural resources in a more sustainable way. In its work, WWF strive to ensure there is equity in its work and that all members of the community benefit from conservation interventions irrespective of their social and economic standing. 
One of the most amazing groups we are supporting is the Kenya Union of the Blind-Kwale chapter. Working with this particular group initially presented new challenges for us, but we have fast come to learn that, with a bit of creativity, disability easily transforms into ability in conservation.

WWF Kenya Hosts the 4th East Africa Timber Forum

African member states at the 4th Annual East Africa Timber Trade Stakeholders’ forum, last week agreed to establish a Secretariat to oversee the effective implementation of the Zanzibar Declaration And Bi-Lateral Timber Trade Agreements, with Zambia also becoming a signatory.

This forum hosted by WWF Kenya and Kenya Forest Service (KFS) was a build on the commitments made in the Zanzibar Declaration on Illegal Trade in Timber and Forest Products that was finalized and signed in September last year at the XIV World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa.

During the two day meeting, Forest Directors and Officers, regional agencies, relevant law enforcement officials and members of civil society met to exchange knowledge while developing and reinforcing partnerships.



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