Kenya Conservation Caucus Begins Strategic Planning for Work in New Parliament

May 04, 2018
Kenya Conservation Caucus Begins Strategic Planning for Work in New Parliament

At a recent ICCF Kenya-facilitated meeting of the Parliamentary Conservation Caucus - Kenya (PCC-K), caucus co-chair Honorable Francis Chachu Ganya outlined priorities and a draft strategic plan for the caucus in a new Parliament.

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At a recent ICCF Kenya-facilitated meeting of the Parliamentary Conservation Caucus - Kenya (PCC-K), caucus co-chair Honorable Francis Chachu Ganya outlined priorities and a draft strategic plan for the caucus in a new Parliament. Elements of the strategic plan include considering amendments and new legislation aimed at preventing poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking and facilitating the prosecution of criminal networks. Additionally, PCC-K leadership plans to investigate illegal logging and assess legal frameworks for forestry in Kenya. Caucus leaders also plan to create a dialogue regarding wildlife corridors and dispersal areas as part of the PCC-K’s broader commitment to the sustainable management of Kenya’s natural resources.

In addition to these priorities, during an open discussion on the draft Strategic Plan and PCC-K agenda, Honorable Moses K. Lessonet raised the issue of severe ongoing flooding in Kenya and suggested that conservation may be key to preventing flooding in the future. Another member, Honorable Hassan Oda Hulufo, raised the issue of wildlife management, suggesting that the PCC-K Strategic Plan should include an investigation into how the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) can best implement successful management practices employed by manay private conservancies. In furtherance of Hon. Lessonet’s remarks, Honorable Rehema Hassan pointed to her own constituency, Tana River County, as one of the areas in Kenya most severely affected by both floods and droughts. Honorable Rozaah Akinyi Buyu echoed these statements, saying that “conservation is at the heart of every Kenyan now” as communities suffer from flooding or drought and deal with perennial water management issues. These issues, they say, could be mitigated through good conservation management practices.

A finalized PCC-K strategic plan is forthcoming.

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