NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya on Wednesday launched a recovery plan for
giraffes amid dwindling numbers linked to poaching, habitat
loss, diseases and climatic shocks.
cabinet secretary for tourism and wildlife said the first ever
restoration masterplan for giraffes covering 2018-2022 will
enhance protection of these iconic mammals that are a major
source of tourist attraction.
“We have an
obligation to protect giraffes whose numbers have reduced from
80,000 in the 1970s to the current 28,500. Stronger laws are
required to root out bush meat trade that is to blame for a
decline in the number of these mammals,” said Balala.
He said the
government will channel additional resources to boost
conservation of giraffes similar to other iconic land mammals
like elephants and rhinos.
Kenya hosts 36
percent of giraffe population in Africa and plans are afoot to
declare it an endangered species given the magnitude of threats
linked to human activities and natural calamities.
Balala said that a
robust advocacy campaign targeting communities and land owners
will be carried out to help preserve the natural habitats for
giraffe recovery action plan roots for research, greater
community engagement and robust information sharing among key
stakeholders to halt decline of their population.
acting director general of Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said
that a national taskforce has already been constituted to look
at policy, financing and legal interventions required to promote
conservation of giraffes.
“The country is
already providing leadership on giraffe conservation across
Africa but we must strengthen surveillance of these mammals in
free range and protected areas by engaging communities and law
enforcement agencies,” said Musyoki.
conservation of Kenya’s three giraffe sub-species is key to
maintain ecosystems balance in the wild while broadening revenue
streams for local communities through tourism.
senior scientist at Nairobi-based African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)
said that a recovery of giraffe population in Kenya will unleash
ecological, social and economic benefits to the country.
UN calls for
international co-operation to combat wildlife crimes
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The United Nations on Wednesday called for
international cooperation to combat wildlife crimes and other
forms of transnational crimes.
Miwa Panholzer Kato,
director of division for operations at United Nations Office on
Drugs and Crime (UNODC) told a forum in Nairobi that wildlife
crime is a low-risk, high-profit transnational organized crime,
which is overwhelming countries and communities, affecting
biodiversity and development.
“The truth of the
matter is that there is no alternative to international
cooperation to tackle organized crime and combat wildlife crimes
- there is no single country that will alone, be able to curb
the plight that wildlife crimes represent,” Kato said during the
closing ceremony of the Wildlife Inter-Regional Enforcement
The three-day event
was held under the umbrella of the International Consortium for
Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC).
ICCWC is a
consortium composed of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
(UNODC), Interpol, World Customs Organization, World Bank and
the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of
Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) that is undertaking the task of
fighting the multifaceted nature of wildlife crime.
The conference was
the first WIRE meeting to be held in Africa and brought together
police, customs, prosecutors and financial investigators from
over 20 African and Asian countries with a focus on improving
Africa-Asia cooperation on the prosecution of wildlife crime.
Kato said that
eliminating the trafficking of endangered species requires the
greatest degree of cooperation to deliver on the 2030
sustainable development agenda especially on goals 14 and 15
which are ambitious and require proportionally ambitious
She noted that
illicit wildlife trade not only endangers animals but also slows
down progress and development in many areas of the 2030
The UN official said
that customs officers, financial intelligence units, police,
wildlife investigators and prosecutors across the global should
establish sustainable linkages among themselves.
She revealed that
interagency collaboration at country level is as important as
cooperation among countries to reduce the operations of wildlife
principal secretary at Kenya’s ministry of tourism and wildlife,
called for joint global efforts to preserve the earth’s flora
and fauna against great odds that are caused almost uniquely by
human greed and selfishness, search for financial wealth and
status and by a disregard for law.
Mwakima said that
dealing with cross-border crime is difficult given that every
nation has its own unique legal framework and internal
regulations that govern how wildlife crime is tackled.
She noted that
practical and workable solutions including financial
investigations, identification of risk indicators for transport
routes for trafficking of illegal wildlife products as well as
cross-border information exchange should help to halt the
international trade in the endangered species.
director of Kenya’s Public Prosecutions, said the world is a
global village and that transnational organized crime
constitutes a major threat to regional peace, security and rule
Haji said that there
should be a paradigm shift from regarding wildlife crimes as a
conservation issue to a national, regional and international
“We must also remain
conscious of the link between wildlife trafficking and other
transnational organized crimes such as terrorism,” he said.
He added that
improving Africa-Asia cooperation on the interception,
investigation and prosecution of wildlife crimes is critical to
combating wildlife trafficking.