French to support Kenya's conservation

The French Government said Monday that it will continue to support Kenya’s Wildlife Conservation effort through the installation of a digital radio network and solar systems to beef up the security of visitors and wildlife. The security gadgets are to be installed in the Southern, Tsavo, and Central Rift Conservation Areas.

This was affirmed by two members of the French National Assembly and French Development Agency (AFD) officials who paid a courtesy call on Mr. William Kiprono, the Kenya Wildlife Service Director in Nairobi.

Mr. Noël Mamère, MP for Gironde constituency and Bègles town Mayor and Mr. Michel Zumkeller, MP for Belfort Territory and Mayor of Valdoie are in Kenya for a 3 day visit to evaluate French Government supported projects. They were accompanied by Yves Terracol the AFD Regional Director and officials from the French Embassy.

The Digital Radio Network and the Northern Kenya Wildlife Conservation Projects are part of the French Governments support for strengthening conservation efforts in Kenya. The Digital network will be instrumental in facilitating KWS security operations through the upgrading of its current analogue network to a more robust and enhanced digital platform.

The new technology has additional capabilities such as GPS tracking, messaging and vice encryption. This is expected to greatly reduce maintenance costs and increase efficiency in communications ultimately ensuring timely and accurate responses to cases of human wildlife conflict, poaching and visitor security.

The French Government also recently extended a Sh.819 million concessional loan to the Government of Kenya and a Sh153 million grant for the conservation of biodiversity in Northern Kenya Project

This will ensure the ecosystems conservation and development of physical infrastructure within Marsabit National Park. The project is expected to ease pressure on the fragile Marsabit ecosystem through improvement of community livelihoods by provision of water, alternative energy sources, afforestation and natural resource management.

All these efforts are aimed at opening up Northern Kenya as a major conservation and tourism destination.

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