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- WWF Global
- Central African Republic
- Central America
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- European Policy Office
Take Action to Prevent Human-Wildlife Conflict
WHY DOES IT MATTER?
Human-wildlife conflict threatens the very existence of humanity and Kenya's endangered species. Communities that interact with wildlife in their lands bear the greatest brunt.
To prevent the loss of lives, property and extinction of wildlife, seeking the 'wildness' that separates wildlife and people is not a realistic solution. This is because, in Kenya, over 60% of wildlife live outside Protected Areas, in community and privately-owned lands, where human-wildlife conflict cases are the highest.
Together, let's increase investments to scale up working solutions to prevent human-wildlife conflict. No one solution fits all.
They are layered, multifaceted, and interconnected just like a web.
We are all part of the solution, because we are all connected.
Together with communities we employ the SAFE Sytem model in addressing human-wildlife conflict - a solution that puts PEOPLE FIRST to help PREVENT, RESPOND to and MITIGATE the conflict. The goal of the approach is to contribute to the safety of every stakeholder, namely: People, People’s property/assets, Wildlife and Habitats.
We also fund and support tried and tested solutions:
1. Predator-Proof Bomas
We are acquiring and installing mobile and permanent predator-proof Bomas - livestock enclosures that keep animals safe at night, when most predation occurs. This strategic move aims to completely eliminate nocturnal predation. In areas where these Bomas have been installed, the results are remarkable—zero reported predation, making the solution as a resounding success to preventing Human-Wildlife Conflict.
2. Predator Deterent Lights:
We are providing ‘Predator Deterent Lights’ to communities living in conflict hotspots. These are a series of solar-powered LED lights installed around the bomas that flash alternately to deter predators. In addition, the solar panel powering ‘Predator Deterrent Lights’ supply lighting to communities whose homes are not connected to the grid - in line with our commitment to provide clean energy access for all.
3. Critical Wildlife Habitats and Livestock Grazing Areas Corridors and Migratory Routes Connectivity Support
We support the mapping of wildlife and livestock grazing corridors to link critical habitats. This will allow wildlife and livestock to freely move minimizing human-wildlife conflict.
4. Land Lease Payments to Community Members to Open up Wildlife Migratory and Livestock-Grazing Corridors:
We cultivate a harmonious balance between nature, livelihoods and economic empowerment. We provide incentives, such as land lease payments, to community members who play a vital role in opening up wildlife migratory and livestock grazing corridors by establishing community conservancies. Additionally, we actively support communities in developing and benefiting from Nature-Based Solutions (NBS).
5. Wildlife Monitoring:
We actively support wildlife monitoring conducted by Kenya Wildlife Service, partners and community members to identify human-wildlife conflict hotspots. This collaborative effort allows for the implementation of effective responses and deploy diverse solutions to manage human-wildlife conflict. The use of elephant and lion collaring is one of the proactive approaches that ensures a swift response to and prevention of human-wildlife conflict incidents.
6. Water for All: People, their Livestock and Wildlife
WWF-Kenya solar-powered boreholes and water pans in community conservancies provide water for people, their livestock and wildlife, minimizing human-wildlife conflict fuelled by water scarcity.
We are engaging policymakers at the National and County levels to support the prevention, response to and mitigation of human-wildlife conflict. We have designed programs targeting the prevention of conflict by threatened flagship species, like the African elephant and Lion. Preventing conflict by these wildlife gives us an opportunity to prevent conflict by other species, directly or indirectly.