NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya plans to develop innovative
schemes and incentives to secure wildlife corridors that will
promote conservation, officials said on Tuesday.
Muruthi, chairperson of Working Group on Wildlife Corridors and
Dispersal Areas, told Xinhua in Nairobi that the wildlife
corridors and dispersal areas are shrinking due to human
"Kenya is keen to prioritize wildlife corridors and dispersal
areas because they play an important role in ecological
connectivity by linking adjacent national parks and reserves,"
He said that protected parks and game reserves are not
sufficient to provide all the essential needs for wildlife.
"Hence the animals sometimes have to move out of the
protected areas in order to access important resources such salt
and water," Muruthi added.
The chairperson noted that up to 70 percent of wildlife is
located outside the protected areas.
"This means that most of animals are in community, government
and private land," he said.
Muruthi noted that the best way to manage the wildlife
dispersal areas is through empowering communities living next to
wildlife habitats to benefit from the presence of the animals.
Communities can partner with private investors to develop
wildlife conservancies that earn income through tourism, he