Govt sets aside Ksh 569M compensation for human-wildlife conflict

Written By: Irene Muchuma

Govt sets aside Ksh 569M compensation for human-wildlife conflict

The government has set aside Ksh 569 million for compensation of victims on human-wildlife conflict.

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Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala says that his ministry has strengthened community wildlife conservation committees to ensure the backlog of compensation cases at the county level is cleared.

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Crop raiding is the most common human-wildlife conflict with 5,000 reported cases.

This is according to a report by the ministry of tourism and wildlife on the human injury, crop damage, livestock predation and property destruction.

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The attacks on humans stand at 4,500 cases while reported cases of attacks of marauding wildlife attacking livestock are 3000.

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Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala assures the government will compensate all approved cases of victims of human-wildlife conflict.

According to Balala, the government has approved Ksh 1.5 billion for compensation claims between 2014 and 2017.

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Balala now says sustained and collaborative strategies will help in mitigating human-wildlife conflicts.

He warned that wildlife and conservation are likely to suffer owing to diminishing conservation goodwill by communities neighbouring wildlife habitats.

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