Archive for May, 2012

Land use conflict affecting wildebeest populations

May 17, 2012

On 10 May 2012 Julius Kipng’etich, Dirctor of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said conflict with people has affected wildlife population and distribution, with one of the biggest wildebeest migrations in the world being compromised.

Kipng’etich said the wildebeest migration from and into the Nairobi National Park has been affected due to land use changes on the Athi-Kapiti plains. “The upcoming development of Konza city has also compromised the migration and distribution of numerous plains game species,” he said.

Director Kipng’etich went on to say, “KWS is now looking into the possibility of easements with the proposed Wildlife Bill. Land owners will be educated on the value of the land inclusive of the wildlife on it. The government will then lease this land as wildlife space from the landowners, thereby enhancing its potential”.

This Land Leasing promotion by KWS is most welcome.