Mar­garet roots for con­ser­va­tion of Kenya’s nat­u­ral re­sources

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Presidency -

First Lady Mar­garet Keny­atta has urged con­ser­va­tion­ists to come up with ro­bust strate­gies to pro­tect the coun­try’s flora and fauna. She said the government is aware of the con­tri­bu­tion Kenya’s nat­u­ral re­sources make to­wards eco­nomic growth and thus, a raft of reg­u­la­tions has been put in place. She was speak­ing at the In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Ho­tel dur­ing the launch of the World Wildlife Fund’s strate­gic plan.

WWF-Kenya tran­si­tioned into a lo­cally reg­is­tered NGO af­ter five years of con­sis­tently in­flu­enc­ing con­ser­va­tion and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. Mar­garet praised the Fund, say­ing it has done im­pres­sive work not only in pro­tect­ing en­dan­gered species, but also in ar­eas such as fresh wa­ter, forests, cli­mate change, en­ergy and ma­rine re­sources.

“They have ex­panded their work to ar­eas that are in line with coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment path­way,” she said. Mar­garet said real change comes over­time, ac­com­pa­nied by set­backs. WWF-Kenya will now join the ranks of na­tional civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions work­ing to­wards con­serv­ing Kenya’s flora and fauna. It is the sec­ond WWF of­fice to form a na­tional of­fice af­ter WWF-South Africa.

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