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Balala: Cooperation is key to reducing human and wildlife conflicts – KBC

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Secretary of the Cabinet for Tourism and Wildlife, Najib Balala calls on wildlife and conservation stakeholders to work with the government to increase public-private partnerships in ending wildlife and wildlife conflicts.

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“The mitigation measures are temporary. Negotiations need to be more immersive in terms of funding, mapping, and decision-making but critical to our wildlife conservation. Let the world community fully support Elephant conservation efforts in word and deed, “noted Balala.

CS made the remarks during a webinar that was researched and discussed on “Living on the sidelines”, a black film Bean Production film that highlighted the plight of African human elephants.

The website, hosted by the Director of Elephant Government Relations (EPIF), Dr Winnie Kiiru, featured talks with leading animal producers and policy makers, experts, investors and managers who include:

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  • Lee White, CBE: Minister of Forestry, Marine, Environment and Climate Change, Gabon
  • Greta Lori: Program Development Director, EPIF
  • Grant Burden: Special Adviser on the Human Elephant Conflict, EPIF

Speaking during the internet, Professor White said climate change is affecting the number of elephants causing them to abandon their habitats in search of food in human settlements.

Grant Burden, for his part, stressed the need to involve the community in discussing long-term solutions to wildlife conflicts.

Building on White’s argument, Greta Lori stressed how humanitarian, agricultural, industrial, and climate change affects wildlife, and the need to define new ways in which we can live in peace with them.

CS Balala stressed the need to close Ivory markets in the European Union and Japan because he said access to these markets was a major threat to elephant conservation.

“In 2020, 0 rhinos and 9 elephants were hunted in Kenya. This is a good step in conserving our wildlife. However, we are losing more animals to human-wildlife wars than poaching. So, we need to address this issue now or we will lose interest. good people that will be bad for elephant conservation, “Balala added.

CS said, when we lose the goodwill of the people, then the whole conservation agenda will be lost. This is why we need to take action now, protect people and invest in measures to reduce animal and wildlife conflicts that are long-lasting and that make people feel protected by wildlife.

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