By Janet Kiriswo
People living around the Lake Bogoria should learn to co-exist with the wild animals as they are part of the conservation and the government is working to ensure wildlife is improved, even as the government releases KSH 524 million to victims of wildlife attack 2017 to 2020 through human injuries and crop destruction from this coming week.
This is according to the tourism PS Prof Fred Segor who also said that in Baringo County alone Ksh. 22 billion will be directed to human injuries as Ksh. 13 million is set to benefit victims of crop destruction.
Through the government economic stimulus 3500 rangers in Kenya, Baringo having 110 rangers will be paid their salaries, with half of the rangers being volunteers.
Prof Segor has added that the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) announced for application for community scouts, that has attracted 3500 applicants while the number they need is 70 thus the need to understand that not everyone will be chosen but every ward will be considered to have 2 or three picked.
The PS was speaking when he opened the 10th anniversary of celebrations of the adoption of Nagoya Protocol and official launch of Lake Bogoria National Game Reserve Management plan on Thursday which the Minister of Tourism Najib Balala through his speech read by Tourism and Wildlife CAS Joseph Boinet read in part that Kenya became a party to the NAGOYA protocol in 2014 and now benefits from the fund that has been developed based on the principles of access and benefit sharing focusing on conservation sustainability and community livelihoods with UNEP being the facilitator.
The NAGOYA protocol documented in Kenya has showcased the benefits that have focused on Baringo County that has epitomized what NAGOYA protocol is all about thus making it an international undertaking, which is a legally binding international instrument.
This comes even as the majority local people from The Lake Bogoria environs led by their leaders decried lack of enough warders, bio piracy by institutions of learning and poaching of the wild animals and the slow pace of being compensated.
The launch too showed variety of products from the locals around the lake with Lake Bogoria Sossiche women group and Kapkuikui Natural Honey show casing their natural honey which was commended by Tourism and Wildlife CAS Joseph Boinet, also present was Action Aid Agrocology and Diversity, who taught people from the dry regions on how to maximize on the crops that do well in the region especially in areas that receive low rains as Marigat, Tangulbei and Tiaty.
The CAS Boinet, was accompanied by KWS Research and Development head Patrick Omondi and Baringo Deputy Governor Jacob Chepkwony.