China will Provide Kenya with Grant to Protect Elephants

On August 5, 2013, H. E. Liu Guangyuan, Chinese Ambassador to Kenya, met with Hon. Judi Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources of Kenya, during which both sides agreed to strengthen cooperation in wildlife conservation. Mr. Tom Sipul, KWS Deputy Director Corporate Services also attended the meeting.

Prof. Wakhungu applauded China for her contribution to Kenya's social and economic development, especially in the fields of infrastructure and tourism. She noted that wildlife ismankind's shared resource and therefore its conservation calls for common responsibility among world nations. Expressing Kenya's wish to join hands with other nations in combating illegal ivory and rhino horn trade, Prof Wakhungu praised China for its consistent measures and actions towards the law enforcement of wildlife conservation.

On his part, Amb. Liu said that China all along attaches great importance to wildlife conservation and its related laws and regulations are one of the most stringent among all the nations. Offenders involving in smuggling and illegal trade of ivory and products of other endangered species are sentenced to up to life imprisonment. He noted that wildlife, elephants and rhinos included, are friends of human kind and poachers and smugglers are enemies against the whole mankind. He suggested that Kenya should strengthen measures in wildlife conservation and severely punish the criminals involved.

Amb. Liu further disclosed that China-Kenya cooperation is set on all-round pillars, one of which is wildlife conservation. China is going to provide a large sum of grant to Kenya specifically for wildlife conservation and particularly for safeguarding elephants, rhinos and other endangered wildlife from poachers. He hoped the international community to strengthen cooperation in wildlife conservation and provide Kenya with necessary financial support as well.

Both parties agreed to keep communication avenues open to improve the infrastructure in national parks and reserves and the working and living conditions of the rangers.


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