Diplomats Corner

Hungary offers technology support to help Kenya’s anti-poaching efforts

Hungary Ambassador to Kenya Zsolt Mészáros during a virtual meeting with Tourism CS Najib Balala/ FACEBOOK

The Embassy of Hungary has offered to help Kenya in preserving wildlife and enhancing responsible tourism.

The country’s ambassador to Kenya Zsolt Mészáros said they will offer Hungarian technologies to help in anti-poaching efforts.

This emerged during a virtual meeting between Ambassador Mészáros and Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala.

The two discussed heritage tourism, anti-poaching and sustainability.

Elephants and rhinoceros are targeted by poachers for their tusks and horns. To fight poaching, national parks and reserves have been established, guarded by rangers of the KWS via ground and aerial patrols. In support, they have been receiving patrol and field training from British paratroopers to fight raising poaching in the country. GPS-tracking collars were fitted to elephants to enable teams to track elephants’ movements and help combat poaching in a joint operation by the KWS and the IFAW. But 70 per cent of the Kenyan wildlife lives outside protected areas.

A survey by KWS revealed a steady decline in such cases between 2012 and 2018, with documented elephant poaching incidents declining from 384 to 38 in the period of study.According to the survey, 302 elephants were poached in 2013. That reduced to 164 in 2014, 96 in 2015, 86 in 2016 and 80 in 2017.

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