WildlifeDirect Expresses Dismay at Decision to Route SGR Through Nairobi National Park

January 6th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

WildlifeDirect Expresses Dismay at Decision to Route SGR Through Nairobi National Park By: Trish Sewe Nairobi-January 6, 2017: WildlifeDirect express deep dismay at the decision by the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) to grant approval for the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) to pass through the Nairobi National park, despite overwhelming public opposition. The government has promised that the railway will not impede wildlife migrations, and that funds will be made available to improve the status of this and other parks in the country, while protecting the people who live adjacent [...]

Six reasons why Kenyans should save the Nairobi National Park

November 25th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Six reasons why Kenyans should save the Nairobi National Park By: Trish Sewe Today is the deadline for commenting on the environmental impact assessment of the proposal to route the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) Phase II A through Nairobi National Park. I urge all citizens and people around the world who care about Nairobi Park to communicate their concerns to NEMA’s Director General Geoffrey Wahungu. Here’s why you should write now to demand that NEMA rejects Kenya Railways’ application to run a railway through Park: Nairobi National Park is a [...]

Kenyans hold a dialogue on how best to achieve a balance between conservation and infrastructure development in SGR Phase 2A

October 31st, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Kenyans hold a dialogue on how best to achieve a balance between conservation and infrastructure development in SGR Phase 2A By:Trish Sewe On 7th October, the Kenya Railways, Kenya Wildlife Service, and several conservation and research institutions agreed to hold a dialogue meeting on 27th October to address the question, “HOW CAN WE BEST ACHIEVE A BALANCE BETWEEN CONSERVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT IN SGR PHASE 2A?”. 176 participants engaged in the one day discussion using the Open Space method which was facilitated by London based firm Public Service [...]

Call on Japan to Ban Ivory Trade

August 26th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Call on Japan to Ban Ivory Trade By: Trish Sewe WildlifeDirect recently became aware of the scale of laundering of illegal ivory in the ivory markets of Japan through its contact with the Japanese NGO Tears of the African Elephant. We have joined forces with other conservation organizations in Africa and Japan to take the opportunity provided by the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) conference happening here in Nairobi, Kenya to publish a joint appeal to Japan to ban all trade in ivory trade, following the lead [...]

Notorious Kenyan Ivory Trafficker Jailed for 20 Years and Fined USD 200,000

July 25th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Notorious Kenyan Ivory Trafficker Jailed for 20 Years and Fined USD 200,000 By: Trish Sewe On Friday, a Mombasa law court sentenced Feisal Mohamed Ali to 20 years in jail after finding him guilty of illegal possession of ivory worth 44 million shillings (US $440,000). The court also imposed a fine of 20 million shillings. This landmark ruling by the Kenyan court is the end of a long story that began with the seizure of 2 tonnes of ivory at Fuji Motors car yard in Mombasa in June 2014. Read [...]

Calling the World to help save African Elephants

July 1st, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Calling the World to help save African Elephants By: Trish Sewe WildlifeDirect supports the African Elephant Coalition (AEC) in the call to the world to help save African elephants. As an organization that has been in the forefront calling for a total ban on all ivory trade, WildlifeDirect urges other African countries not represented at the meeting held in Montreux, Switzerland from 24 to 26 June 2016 to join AEC in this call to save the our iconic species that are in danger of extinction if nothing is done. [...]

Mayes and Mactavish score sensational Safari Rally podium

June 13th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Mayes and Mactavish score sensational Safari Rally podium By: Trish Sewe Safari guide and wildlife photographer Geoff Mayes and Scottish born Jamie Mactavish successfully guided their SPV class V8 rally raid car to a top twenty overall position and third in class on the just finished KCB Safari Rally. This years event saw crews face two and a half challenging days in the Great Rift Valley over terrain more suited to a Dakar event than a flat out motor rally. Attrition was high as cars succumbed to rocks, ruts, [...]

WildlifeDirect’s 2nd Courtroom Monitoring Report 2014 & 2015

May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

WildlifeDirect’s 2nd Courtroom Monitoring Report 2014 & 2015 By: Jomulupi A study by WildlifeDirect of wildlife trials in 18 courts between 2008 and 2013 concluded that Kenya was a safe haven for wildlife criminals because of major weaknesses in the legal chain. This second study examines progress made in the wildlife trials in Kenya in 2014 and 2015, after the enactment of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act, 2013 (WCMA 2013)

NTV Wild Talk: Highlights from Season 1 & 2

May 12th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

NTV Wild Talk: Highlights from Season 1 & 2 By: Trish Sewe WildlifeDirect has partnered with Kenya Wildlife Service and NTV to bring you NTV Wild, a program that brings award winning documentaries on wildlife and also provides the platform for debate and discussion with experts on Kenya’s wildlife, its conservation and why it matters so much. NTV Wild Talk S1 E1 “The mystery of Mzima” Smriti Vidyarthi visits Mzima springs to bring a story about the spring that would be lifeless without hippos. [...]

Kenyan Government Issues a 21 Day Amnesty on Ivory and Wildlife Trophies

April 15th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Kenyan Government Issues a 21 Day Amnesty on Ivory and Wildlife Trophies By: jomulupi The Kenyan government has issued a 21 day amnesty for the surrender of any wildlife trophy without Kenya Wildlife Service permit. Those who take advantage of the amnesty, which took effect from March 30, 2016 will not be punished. Speaking during the launch of site preparations for the historic burning of elephant ivory and rhino horns, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Regional Development, Prof.  Judi Wakhungu said, “Anybody holding any ivory, rhino horns or any other wildlife [...]

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