On Friday, Irish chargé d’affaires Lisa Doherty joined fellow European Union Ambassadors for a ‘fascinating and sobering’ presentation by the Kenya Wildlife Service.
The diplomats heard how over 70% of Kenya’s wildlife population had been lost over the last 40 years, but robust anti-poaching and conservation efforts are having a positive impact and need to be supported.
In the 2018 Joint Corporation Strategy, EU development partners in Kenya reiterated their support to Kenya’s infrastructure projects with a focus on energy, transport, water and sanitation, housing and urban development.
Earlier this year, it was announced that the Government of Kenya and the European Union are investing Ksh 2.3 billion to upgrade major tourist roads in the Mount Kenya National Park, Tsavo East and the Aberdares. The roads project aims at improving access to and easing movement within the parks. This is expected to facilitate development of high-end eco-friendly sites and facilities to attract more tourists.
In supporting the improvement of roads within Kenya’s national parks, the EU said that it hopes this will improve security in the parks, enhance ability for KWS to patrol the national parks, monitor and protect wildlife, and reduce emergency response times for mountain climbers.