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Have excess land? lease it for Wildlife protection

22 October 2014, 17:51 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The Kenya Wildlife Service says that continued expansion is aiding the increase of poaching.

KWS director William Kiprono says that the increase in expansion towards wildlife areas and corridors is to blame for the increase in poaching as a vice in recent years.

He says that due to the expansion, it is harder to deal with poachers and bad elements thanks to the difficulty experienced in manning human- wildlife conflict areas.

" We are losing a lot of space for example around the Nairobi National Park we had Kitengela as a corridor which has now been lost,” he said during a stakeholder meeting Wednesday.

He said that the government was however doing its best to ensure more space is created.

Read also: Anti-poaching campaign demands int'l efforts: KWS

" The government is working to ensure that as much as we lose this space we acquire more and those that can also lease their land will enhance the war against poaching," he added.

Kiprono also insisted that the war against poaching would only be won if the whole world came together to stop it.

" It will only go away if we join hands all over the world and not only in Kenya. We know that the markets are not in Kenya but elsewhere and that must be dealt with, he added.

It is estimated that over the last year only, Kenya has lost over 1000 wildlife to poaching with majority of those being elephants.

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