Kenya wins three conservation awards
Kenya scooped three trophies at the just-concluded African Conservation Awards ceremony in Kasane, Botswana, to recognize the country’s efforts in safeguarding natural heritage by empowering rangers in reserves.
The African Conservation Award ceremony coincided with the second Africa Ranger Congress on September 17 in Kasane.
The awards were in recognition of the support provided to rangers to enable them to carry out their work effectively in carrying out their duties of safeguarding Africa’s natural heritage.
The Kenya Association of Wildlife (KWCA) won the trophy for the best conservation supporter category, and the Simba community wildlife scouts of the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust in Amboseli won the award for the best team category conservation. In contrast, Mt Kenya Trust won the first runner up in the same category.
KWCA won the top award in the Conservation Supporter category for its work in supporting the establishment of the Association of Wildlife Conservancy Rangers in Kenya, which seeks to build recognition and capacity for rangers locally, nationally and internationally.
Receiving the award on behalf of KWCA at the Kasane event, Faria Tarus, Program Manager at KWCA, said that by supporting rangers, the organization has invested in empowering rangers who are at the front – custody of the preservation of the natural heritage. “It is an honor to receive this award for the best supporter of conservation, indeed it is not just a victory for KWCA but its member conservancies and partners whose efforts have contributed to conservation in Kenya,” said Tarus. In keeping with this support, Joyce Mbataru, Communications and Development Officer, KWCA, said the national apex association of conservancies in Kenya, has promoted professionalism through training, skills enhancement, capacity building and leadership. harmonization of standards for the workforce of forest rangers.
“In 2019, KWCA helped unlock government funding through the Covid-19 economic stimulus program to support the salaries of rangers, whom we honor or their exemplary work,” Mbataru said.
Dorcas Ntete of MWCT Simba Pathfinders, who received the Best Conservation Team award, and Edward Ndirutu of Lewa Conservancy, who received 1st Runner Up in the Best Conservation Team category, also represented the country at the event.
Simba won Best Conservation Team for monitoring wildlife data and engaging communities to analyze the data and help mitigate human-wildlife conflict. Mt Kenya Trust won the first runners-up for Best Conservation Team.
The Trust uses innovative approaches to reduce poaching, logging and illegal activities to protect and conserve the forested expanse around a Unesco World Heritage site in Mount Kenya.
Appreciating Kenya’s win, Dickson Kaelo, CEO of KWCA, said the award builds the will to continue working with rangers, raising their voices, connecting them to information and giving them access to resources. techniques to enable them to meet the challenges facing African conservation. today.
The Africa Conservation Awards are held annually to recognize the work of rangers and conservationists in raising awareness of the work rangers do to safeguard natural assets.