Susie Kitchens hosts Youth for Conservation discussion in Nairobi

Youth for Conservation
The Youth for Conservation attendees gather for a group photo after the event. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

Yesterday morning, the Deputy UK High Commissioner, Susie Kitchens, hosted a lively ‘Eat and Tweet’ debate at Nairobi National Park which explored how Kenya’s youth can help protect the country’s natural resources and address conservation issues where they live. 

Tweeting before the start of the event, Ms Kitchens said: “Kenya’s USP is its incredible wildlife. How can young people (almost 75% of Kenya’s population is under 30) benefit from and sustain this unique natural asset?”

The topics kicked off by asking “Why should conservation matter to Kenya’s youth given all the other challenges they face?”

Describing the young Kenyans who had joined the debate, the Deputy High Commissioner said they were: “Passionate advocates for Kenya’s wildlife and youth.

“So much innovation and dedication: policy, legal, media, education and environmental ideas,” she added.

The discussion also attracted participants online with the hashtag #YouthForConservation trending in the country.

Among the suggestions coming today’s conversation were:

  • Make youth engagement easier 
  • Explain why conservation matters 
  • Support youth leadership
  • Involve our parents’ generation
  • Make access to funding easier
  • Work together as a community

At the conclusion of the event, the High Commission used its Twitter feed to summarise the talks as “fruitful discussions today with youth activists on how to support the development of the next generation of conservation leaders.

“The UK remains committed to working with all Kenyans to tackle illegal wildlife trade and promote conservation,” it said.