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Govt sets aside Ksh 569M compensation for human-wildlife conflict

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Govt sets aside Ksh 569M compensation for human-wildlife conflict

The government has set aside Ksh 569 million for compensation of victims on human-wildlife conflict.

Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala says that his ministry has strengthened community wildlife conservation committees to ensure the backlog of compensation cases at the county level is cleared.

Crop raiding is the most common human-wildlife conflict with 5,000 reported cases.

This is according to a report by the ministry of tourism and wildlife on the human injury, crop damage, livestock predation and property destruction.

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The attacks on humans stand at 4,500 cases while reported cases of attacks of marauding wildlife attacking livestock are 3000.

Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala assures the government will compensate all approved cases of victims of human-wildlife conflict.

According to Balala, the government has approved Ksh 1.5 billion for compensation claims between 2014 and 2017.

Balala now says sustained and collaborative strategies will help in mitigating human-wildlife conflicts.

He warned that wildlife and conservation are likely to suffer owing to diminishing conservation goodwill by communities neighbouring wildlife habitats.

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