• Tue. Oct 20th, 2020

Kenya inaugurates first Wildlife Research Institution

Byflorence wairimu

Aug 11, 2020

Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala says that the institute core mandate is to undertake research, generate practical scientific information that will guide on conservation and management of wildlife in the country. He said that Naivasha-based institute will house a pool of scientists who are specializing wildlife research and collaborate with their counterparts across the world in order to mitigate current threats facing wildlife.

‘The institution will also produce graduate pools from its training wing with appropriate competency in wildlife conservation and management,’CS said.

The operationalization of institute follows the enactment of wildlife Conservation and Management Act 2013, which guides on legal framework of its formation. Balala also urged the Institute to be keen on matters of data collection to avoid costly incidences that may cause reputational harm. On his addition he said that the board must continually assess a variety of risks in the following categories; reputation, litigation, ethics, technology, health and work environment of staffs.

He called upon the institution to establish an efficient system of monitoring wildlife related research activities undertaken in the country, especially by foreigners and ensure transparency and accountability in sector.   

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