By YOANA KIMWELE.
In response to the questions raised by Members of Parliament regarding human and wildlife conflict in the country, the Cabinet secretary for tourism, wildlife and heritage hon Penina Malonza addressed the concerns with utmost clarity and conviction.
The CS emphasized the importance of preserving our rich wildlife and heritage, recognizing their significance not only for national pride but also for economic growth through increased tourism.
CS Malonza assured MPs that her Ministry is fully committed to implementing stringent measures to combat poaching and illegal wildlife trade, as well as making efforts to promote conservation and raise public awareness.
Her comprehensive and insightful responses reflect her deep understanding of the importance of protecting our natural resources and cultural heritage for future generations, the TCD digital reports.
“Today I had the honour of being part of the plenary session at the National Assembly to respond to a number of questions touching on tourism, wildlife and heritage.
1. Question No. 076/2023 on Human Wildlife Conflict.Kenya Wildlife Service” the CS Wrote on her social Media page.
Malonza provided insightful answers to commonly asked questions about the issue of human wildlife conflict. She began by explaining the primary cause of human wildlife conflict, emphasizing that it is mainly due to habitat encroachment by humans.
As human populations expand and the demand for resources increases, people tend to occupy previously untouched areas, leading to increased encounters with wildlife. These intrusions into their habitats often result in conflicts as humans and animals compete for space and resources.
CS Malonza also sheds light on the consequences of human wildlife conflict and emphasizes the need for conservation efforts. She pointed out that this conflict not only poses a threat to wildlife species but also puts human lives at risk. The loss of habitat and displacement of animals can result in a decline in biodiversity, disrupt ecosystems, and even lead to extinctions.
CsMalonza believes that to address this issue, a multi-faceted approach is required, including community involvement in conservation efforts, enforcement of wildlife protection laws, and the need for sustainable development practices that consider both human needs and wildlife habitats. And the importance of finding a balance between human development and wildlife preservation to mitigate the conflicts that arise.