Kenya Wildlife Protection and Conservation Program

The wildlife sector in Kenya is facing extreme pressure through habitat fragmentation and degradation, encroachment, and wildlife crime including poaching. These issues need to be addressed urgently if the future of wildlife and the important wildlife-tourism industry is to be sustained. Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is a State Corporation whose overall mandate is to conserve and manage wildlife in Kenya. The corporation manages approximately 8 percent of the total land mass in Kenya that consists of 23 national parks, 31 national reserves and 6 national sanctuaries, four marine national parks and six marine reserves.

With the enactment of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act (WCMA) in 2013 and enhanced collaboration with security enforcement agencies, Kenya has made great progress combating wildlife trafficking and poaching. However, despite these gains, the threats to conservation still remain high. Inadequate financing for KWS operations, limited capacity of technical staff, and insufficient equipment puts additional pressure on KWS to fulfill its mandate.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 11:30am

Last updated: May 21, 2019