Animal Conservation

Balala says Kenya to learn from SA on best models for wildlife conservation

NAIROBI, Kenya, November 25 – Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala said on Thursday that Kenya will consult with South Africa in January on the best conservation models that will boost Kenya’s strategies to improve the tourism sector and of the country’s wildlife.

Balala, who spoke at the launch of the 75th anniversary of Nairobi National Park, said the government has signed a memorandum of understanding, particularly on the issue of collaboration in markets, collaboration on information and technology on product development.

The MoU was one of eight key bilateral agreements that were signed in the presence of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his counterpart, President Cyril Ramaphosa, ushering in a new era of cooperation between the two African nations.

“We signed a memorandum of understanding with my counterpart, Minister Sisulu. In January, we will be going to South Africa to see and study their conservation model. I know we have totally different models, but why not learn and share from each other, ”he said.

As the country shifts into high gear ahead of the holiday season, Balala urged Kenyans to get vaccinated in order to mitigate the spread of coronavirus disease, the impact of which has severely affected the hotel industry.

He also added that no tourist will be allowed to enter the country without proof that they have been vaccinated.

“We all need to be vaccinated. If we want our country to be safe, we want our sector to reopen in the right way and completely, we have to be safe, we have to be fully immunized, that is why we demand that no matter how they want to use our facilities and services, they will have to be fully vaccinated to enter these facilities. he added.

As part of the various activities planned to mark the 75th anniversary of Nairobi National Park scheduled for December 16, Balala said the park will offer free entry to the first 75 visitors arriving at the park during the event which aims to celebrate the steps taken. over the past seven decades, starting in 1946 when the park was listed in the British Colonial Government’s Gazette.

Kenyans aged 75 and over will have free access to Nairobi National Park accompanied by a person of their choice before the park’s 75th anniversary, scheduled for December 16, Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala said on Thursday..

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Balala described the park as a park that has withstood many socio-economic and ecological pressures to preserve the integrity of its biodiversity.

In his speech, Kenya Wildlife Service Managing Director John Waweru noted that despite the various challenges facing the park, it has seen a remarkable increase in local tourism even as other popular parks see revenue streams. reductions linked to the pandemic.

“We are constantly exploring new ways to attract tourists as well as partners, through innovative campaigns such as the current Zuru and KWS,” said Waweru.