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Britain to offer specialized anti-poaching training

05 December 2013, 19:33

Nairobi - British Secretary of State for Environment Owen Paterson is expected to highlight the work that the British High Commission, through its Criminal Justice Advisor has been doing with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution and other State agencies, leading to the setting up of Kenya’s Wildlife Crime Taskforce.

Paterson is also expected to preside over the closure of the ongoing patrol and field training to Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and the Mount Kenya Trust (MKT) by the British Army soldiers.  

Head of Communications at the British High Commission who is in charge of Kenya and Somalia, John Bradshaw has confirmed that Paterson who is expected to tour the training base in Mt Kenya National park will discuss the importance of a strong legal framework to punish and deter perpetrators of poaching in Kenya.

The statement sent to newsrooms by Bradshaw read in part:,“The ceremony will also consist of a drill on final exercise testing, where the learners will exhibit anti-ambush skills they have been taught during the training”.

The British Secretary said that illegal poaching is having a devastating effect on some of the world’s most iconic species and that there is need for all stakeholders to work jointly to eradicate the menace.

Paterson noted that by joining forces with those on the front line in Kenya, Britain’s armed services will be able to provide training and support to the warders and other players who endanger their lives every day to protect wild animals.

During his visit to Kenya, Paterson will use the opportunity to attend an invitation to the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Amina Mohamed to attend the London conference on February next year.

According to the statement, the conference will focus on illegal wildlife crime and aims to tackle three inter-related aspects of illegal wildlife trade, namely, improving law enforcement and the role of the criminal justice system, reducing demand for wildlife products and supporting the development of sustainable livelihoods.

“The conference will focus primarily on elephants, rhinos and tigers as the iconic species are the primary targets of organized criminal activity and are faced with unprecedented levels of poaching,” read the statement in part.

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