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The East African : Feb 14th 2015
The EastAfrican SPECIAL ADVERTISEMENT FEBRUARY 14-20, 2015 in Kenya and the East Africa Region WORLD WIDE FUND FOR NATURE Human Wildlife Conflict Solutions Redouble eff orts to save Kenya’s wildlife heritage, urges WWF Cz FWBOT POHXBF еоngwaе@kе.natіоnmеdіa.соm W ildlife conse≥vation autho≥ities should sustain thei≥ successful d≥ive to e≠ ectively p≥otec the wildlife unde≥ thei≥ watch. Such commitment is what will help stem poaching tide that ta≥gets this impo≥tant ≥esou≥ce and especially the elephant the ≥hino. While paying t≥ibute to conse≥vationis fo≥ thei≥ e≠ o≥ts and gove≥nment fo≥ goodwill, Wo≥ld Wide Fund Fo≥ N species manage≥ Robe≥t Ndetei a≥gues the≥e is ≥oom fo≥ imp≥ovement. Citing a WWF ≥epo≥t titled Ae≥ial About WWF astAfrican SPECIAL ADVERTISEMENT FEBRUARY 14-20, 2015 in Kenya and the East Africa Region WORLD WIDE FUND FOR NATURE Human Wildlife Conflict Solutions Redouble eff orts to save Kenya’s wildlife heritage, urges WWF Cz FWBOT POHXBF еоngwaе@kе.natіоnmеdіa.соm W ildlife conse≥vation autho≥ities should sustain thei≥ successful d≥ive to e≠ ectively p≥otec the wildlife unde≥ thei≥ watch. Such commitment is what will help stem poaching tide that ta≥gets this impo≥tant ≥esou≥ce and especially the elephant the ≥hino. While paying t≥ibute to conse≥vationis fo≥ thei≥ e≠ o≥ts and gove≥nment fo≥ goodwill, Wo≥ld Wide Fund Fo≥ N species manage≥ Robe≥t Ndetei a≥gues the≥e is ≥oom fo≥ imp≥ovement. Citing a WWF ≥epo≥t titled Ae≥ial About WWF Count Count of Elephants and Bu≠ aloes in the Se≥engeti—Ma≥a Ecosystem, M≥. Ndetei says bette≥ management can save these animals f≥om poache≥s’ g≥eed. He is g≥atifi ed that Kenya’s new wildlife law add≥esses the pe≥ennial challenge of poaching and wildlife habitat dest≥uction. The law has spelt out sti≠ e≥ fi nes and punishment fo≥ o≠ ende≥s. M≥. Ndetei calls on individuals and communities living with wildlife to view the wildlife as an economic ≥esou≥ce. They should not ag≥ee to be used by poache≥s to kill the animals since the benefi ts of the wildlife to the nation a≥e immense. Said M≥. Ndetei. Af≥ican elephants a≥e a fl agship species fo≥ WWF, ecosystem and p≥ovide vital ≥esou≥ces fo≥ local communities. It is one of the most well-known of all wild animals wo≥ld-wide, and closely associated with Af≥ican biodive≥sity and wilde≥ness. As a fl agship species, elephants have cultu≥al, economic and ecological impo≥tance. These p≥ovide oppo≥tunities to maximize elephant conse≥vation, but also to p≥otect othe≥ biodive≥sity and p≥ovide economic benefi ts to national gove≥nments and communities living alongside elephants. Howeve≥, people living alongside elephants It is widely acknowledged that blending traditional forest conservation practices with modern scientifi c practices will bring positive outcomes” Mother and child watch African Elephant (Loxodonta Africana) over protective fence, Laikipia, Kenya. ≥un many ≥isks and can become victims to elephant c≥op ≥aiding, o≥ attack. Elephants a≥e the≥efo≥e often seen as a pests and a th≥eat to local livelihoods. The Se≥engeti-Ma≥a ecosystem is cha≥acte≥ized by a numbe≥ of economic activities, top of which is tou≥ism. The two main pa≥ks; Se≥engeti National Pa≥k in Tanzania and Maasai Ma≥a National Rese≥ve in Kenya a≥e the most visited in both count≥ies. This co≥e p≥otected a≥ea is su≥≥ounded by p≥ivate and community conse≥vancies, community ≥anches and gamecont≥olled a≥eas. Livestock ≥ea≥ing is a common p≥actice in this ≥egion whe≥e local communities keep cattle, sheep and goats. The wet season Se≥engeti-Ma≥a ae≥ial census of elephants and bu≠ aloes compiled in the ≥epo≥t was conducted f≥om 19th May to 6th June 2014. The su≥vey cove≥ed an a≥ea of 30,953 km5, as pa≥t of the long-te≥m ecological monito≥ing ae≥ial censuses unde≥taken since 1957. A total of 7,535 elephants and 61,896 bu≠ aloes we≥e counted in the su≥vey a≥ea. The numbe≥ of elephants counted shows an inc≥easing t≥end f≥om 2,058 in 1986 to 7,535 individuals in 2014. The≥e was also an inc≥ease in bu≠ alo population in the a≥ea, f≥om 54,979 (in 1986) to 61,896 individuals (in 2014). Fu≥the≥ analysis of data ≥eveals an inc≥ease in elephant numbe≥s in the south (Se≥engeti a≥ea) in cont≥ast to a decline in the no≥th (Ma≥a a≥ea). The obse≥ved dec≥ease in elephant numbe≥s in the Ma≥a suggest elephant mig≥ation into the Se≥engeti a≥ea whe≥e a spike in elephant population was witnessed du≥ing the 2014 census. What caused the noted mig≥ation? A total of 192 elephant ca≥casses we≥e counted in the enti≥e ecosystem, of which 117 we≥e in the no≥the≥n pa≥t and 75 in the south. In the no≥th, 84 pe≥ cent of ca≥casses we≥e found outside of the Maasai Ma≥a National Rese≥ve and 18 pe≥ cent we≥e found inside. M≥. suggests Ndetei that the≥e is a need to st≥engthening of management st≥ategies especially in the no≥th whe≥e a la≥ge numbe≥ of ca≥casses we≥e found. the p≥ivate secto≥ to ensu≥e that gove≥nment policies a≥e good fo≥ the envi≥onment and the people. We also wo≥k in conse≥vation a≥eas of high impo≥tance such as fo≥ests, ≥ive≥s and wetlands as well as ma≥ine among othe≥s. WWF is keen on ensu≥ing sustainable fo≥est management, fo≥est ce≥tifi cation and ≥esponsible t≥ade and investment p≥actices take place in the count≥y. With climate change being a continuous conce≥n, WWF is wo≥king with local communities to bette≥ ≥espond to climate change, while tackling ene≥gy and human footp≥int issues. W WF wo≥ks closely with policy make≥s, Civil Society and 37 Kenyan caught in possession of ivory tusks.
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