Environment and Wildlife Resource Research Hub

Narok County Government in collaboration with partners will launch an Environment and Wildlife resource research online hub.

The hub, which shall be available in form of a website, will be a one stop shop for all researches done in related fields across the county to inform policy making.

The Website dubbed Narok County Resource Information Hubwhich shall be hosted by Faculty of Environmental Sciences at the Maasai Mara University will also enlist all the natural resources ,wildlife and plant species found within the county.

Speaking to the press today County Director of Environment Patrick Twalla said the county government is partnering with World Wide Fund for nature (WWF), Indigenous Livelihoods Enhancement Partners (ILEPA), Kenya Wildlife Trust, National Environment and Management Authority (NEMA) and Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association (MMWCA).

There are many researches that have been done by various local and international organisations in various environmental sectors but their findings have been hard to get that is why we came up with a centralised information centre which can easily be accessed, said Twalla.

Twalla said the research hub which shall be accessible globally will help disseminate the correct information and to avoid duplication of researches on forest conservation, culture, water resources and wildlife-related findings.

The hub will be a milestone in implementing environment and wildlife-related researches which for many years have been difficult to access, said Twalla.

Ms.Irene Amoke a representatives of the Kenya Wildlife Trust(KWT) said a research in Maasai Mara on Lion and Cheetah found that the predator population was under immense threat due to human-wildlife conflicts.

Ms. Amoke hailed the initiatives saying it will go a long way in getting better ways of protecting wildlife through reduction of human-wildlife conflicts and research on specific wildlife species.

Through their 10-year research, the iconic predator mainly from the cat family was facing threat due to loss of habitat and killings by the communities whenever they maul their livestock.

We have been raising funds through tourism for conservation researches. Through our research we noted that the predator population is increasingly declining and poisoning has been a new threat, said Ms Amoke.

The KWT official said in frustrating effort to protect their herd, some rogue pastoralists put poison on the livestock carcasses, which is then consumed by the predators leaving them for dead.

When the carcass is poisoned there are many predators who will be casualties such as vultures, hyenas, jackals thus threatening the ecosystem, she said.

Source: Kenya News Agency