Photo: Official from KWS, Amara Executive Director Lori Bergemann andthe Javungo group of elders meets Governor Eng. John Mruttu in his office.
The Taita Taveta County Government
Cases of Human Wildlife Conflict, Poaching and deforestation in the County are expected to be minimized significantly, as result of the ongoing creation of awareness and familiarization of the locals on the newly enacted law. There is a popular saying that,- “Information is power”, hence Amara Conservation and Javungo elders seem to understand this very well; thus dedicating their time to educate people on the importance of peacefully coexisting with Flora and Fauna.
Speaking in his office when he met the officials from the Kenya Wildlife Service, Executive Director of the Amara Conservation Madam Lori Bergemann and the Javungo group of Elders, H.E. the Governor, Eng John Mruttu, said it’s important for the people to be educated on the Wildlife Act 2013. According to Eng. Mruttu , this is an initiative in the right direction hence needs to be supported under all cost.
The Group lead by the Kenya Wildlife Service and Amara Conservancy, have been encouring the youth; to look for alternative methods of getting an income rather than being involved in illegal activities like Poaching.
In the same meeting, Chairman of the Javungo Council of Elders- Mr. Ronald Mwasi Shake outlined the importance of our county citizen being familiar with the Wildlife Act 2013. He said that the penalties are just too severe to befall one, just because of his or her ignorance.
The County Government in this financial year plans to conduct a Civic Education on the news Wildlife Act 2013. People who are mainly from the Civic Society have been trained on the same Act.