Marco’s Visit | WWF Kenya

Marco’s Visit

Posted on
30 March 2018
WWF is keen on setting up an ambitious impact investment partnership with the county Government of Narok, the host of the iconic Maasai Mara. The partnership is meant to improve the livelihoods of communities living around the Maasai Mara, while at the same time contribute to WWF’s objective of ensuring wildlife numbers are stable or increasing in the Maasai Mara National Reserve. WWF will bring on board socio-environmental investors.
 
Speaking when he paid a courtesy call to Governor Samuel Ole Tunai, WWF International’s Director General Marco Lambertini lauded efforts by Narok County and the Government of Kenya of protecting the Mara ecosystem that is a critical biodiversity hot spot. Marco also commended the County Government of Narok for adequately tackling the challenge of balancing conservation and development that he says is a global problem currently.
 
On his part, Governor Ole Tunai expressed the desire to work closely with WWF, especially in the area of research in combating illegal wildlife trade and tackling the effects of climate change. Maasai Mara is one of the beneficiaries of WWF-‘s interbventin in curbing poaching through the use of infra-red cameras as well as use of trained dogs to detect poachers.
 
Ongoing partnerships between WWF and Narok County Government include the just initiated process of developing a county spatial plan that will inform key decisions on land use management and the plan to build connectivity between the South of Kenya (Where Maasaia Mara is located) and North of Tanzania.  The later will see conservation impact at large scale that will be more beneficial to both countries of Kenya and Uganda.

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