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Kenyans for Wildlife

Kenyans for Wildlife



Presentation by Raabia Hawa and Ian James Saunders at the 3rd E-Tourism East Africa Conference- March 2012

Presentation by Raabia Hawa and Ian James Saunders at the 3rd E-Tourism East Africa Conference- March 2012



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    Kenyans for Wildlife Kenyans for Wildlife Presentation Transcript

    • Background• What is Kenyans For Wildlife (K4W) ?• How does it work?
    • PAMOJA Konza City &The Malili Wildlife Rescue Cause: • Concerns raised by members of K4W on wildlife death and suffering occuring as a result of fencing for development of Konza CityZebra dead on impact on the ICT fence Action: • Members used the platform to rally for support and resources Results: •Over 50,000 bottles collected in 2 days from food courts, suppliers and recyclers • Total of 11km of fenceline covered to date, 4km remains.Bottles reflect and ‘warn’ wildlife • 25 children volunteered from Kivuko Primary • Joint effort with KWS, ACK, NYS and K4W membersUoN Travel & Tourism Mngmt. Students Effect: • Ongoing project that has brought Kenyans together for a hands-on approach in saving wildlife
    • PAMOJA Proactivity &Awareness • Cause: Concern on ‘shark finning’ on Kenya’s coastline raised on the site by members of K4W • Action: Members began taking photos of restaurant menus and products on local store shelves made using shark fin and shark products • Result: Members of K4W initiated e-mail action to raise awareness to concerned establishments that the use of shark products was not acceptable due to its unsustainable nature • Effect: Ongoing campaign that has brought together organisations and individuals to work for aFrom The Daily Nation and Africa Review common cause
    • PAMOJA Raising the bar on Responsible Tourism  Cause: Concerns raised on the site by K4W members on overspeeding in National Parks by tour operators and individual car owners  Action: Members begin posting photographs of any vehicle found speeding or going offroad within National Parks and respective KWS wardens Irresponsible tourism alerted on the site  Result: Respective tour operators are engaged constructively  Effect: Tourism industry is becoming more aware that there is now a public channel of awareness withIllegal wildlife products on sale in hotel boutique direct pipelines to KWS
    • PAMOJA Working TogetherThe Tsavo Snake Park Rescue and Release Concern: • Several snakes, tortoises and crocodiles being kept in filthy conditions • Animals had been starved and not received any vet care, one tortoise was in serious condition Results: • Members organised a clean up and fed the animals • KWS alerted and wildlife released safely • Once again, wildlife highlighted in local dailies
    • PAMOJA• Site used to raise awareness and support both financially and physically• Worked closely with KWS and the Mount Kenya Trust to put out fires in Chogoria
    • PAMOJA Confidential Information Sharing kenyansforwildlife@gmail.com Case example:• Cause:K4W member submitted via email photographic evidence of illegal hunting parties in Kenya @kenyan4wildlife• Action:Members submitted similar information via email• Result:Relevant officers within KWS were alerted• Effect:K4W assists in chanelling information to relevant authority to aid the fight against wildlife crime
    • Today and Tomorrow• K4W has become the central point of information sharing for anything wildlife related online• K4W – a petition based approach• K4W as a platform hopes to raise substantial support for Kenya’s position at the CITES meeting in 2013 in a bid to ban all trade in Ivory and rhino horn PAMOJA