It’s debating season and I’m collecting ideas for big issues in conservation. Scroll down to end to see latest suggestions. Thank you to those who have submitted suggestions already – we gathered 20 ideas after an hour conversation on Twitter (see below).
Should KWS fence Nairobi National Park to save the wildlife, or would that kill the migration and therefore the park?
Should the warden burn the grass in the park to improve grazing or would that degrade the park?
Should livestock be allowed in the park during droughts?
These are just some of the many questions that has vexed FoNNaP members since it’s inception 16 years ago.
Following an idea from a FoNNaP member, we will host a series of debates and discussions on big issues facing wildlife conservation in and around the Nairobi National Park. This is a great opportunity for members, and lovers of the Worlds Greatest City Park to engage, discuss, debate and map the future of FoNNaP and the Park.
This announcement is to invite our members and their friends to submit suggested topics and names of individuals for the teams.
All ideas will be considered and a team of experts will select the top issues, and the key people to debate.
We are hoping to run this exciting season of debates later this year and we will be using all forms of media to share and participate.
Circulate this notice widely. We will share the list of ideas every week on the blog https://fonnap.wordpress.com
To send us your idea, simply copy and paste the next three lines and send to Fonnap1@gmail.com
Subject: FoNNaP Debate Season
The big issue(s) I’d liketo have debated is (are):
The person (people) I think should be debating is (are):
What do you think? We’d love to hear your ideas. Leave a comment or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
1. We need a wildlife dispersal area by destroying properties and structures in the way – yes or no?” from @coldtusker
2. “The traditional lifestyles of communities living around the Nairobi Park are part of the problem – yes or no?” from @pmugomugo
3. “Wildlife dispersal areas and corridors should be privatized to save the park – yes or no?” from @pazasauti
4. “Conservation is not relevant to the general public – yes or no?” from @adolwa
5. “Development is more important than conservation – yes or no” from @kenenterpreneur
6. “Development and conservancy are mutually inclusive none can survive without the other – yes or no?” from @afrineurs
7. “Should Nairobi Park be just for making money?” from @zulusafari Taylor Martin via email
8. “Will the park still exist in 20 and 50 years?” from @zulusafari Taylor Martin via email
9. “Can the relationship between tourism and wildlife conservation be managed to ensure both thrive?” from @rafiki58
10. “Is the Government doing enough for conservation?” from ahmedsalims
11. “Are we doing enough to encourage local tourism?” from Ahmed Salim ahmedsalims
12. ” Can conservation work in African countries that have exploding populations? ” from @kenentrepreneur
13. “Is enough money allocated for wildlife conservation in Kenya? ” from @rojahs
14. “Is it too late for Nairobi National Park?”from Paula Kahumbu @paulakahumbu
15. “Does the new Kenya constitution give environment equal rights to humans?” from Paula Kahumbu
16. “Should we try and save animals which are popular with the public, rather than those which are most endangered?” from Michelle Martin m000sh
17. “Should wildlife be culled and meat sold” from Kimutai Cherono 2FingersKenya
18. “Can the relationship between tourism and wildlife conservation be managed to ensure both thrive?” Rafiki58 Sue Hopper Lowrie
19. “Is funding allocated appropriately for conservation in Kenya?” Rafiki58 Sue Hopper Lowrie
20. “Can conservation ever be self sustaining?” Rafiki58 Sue Hopper Lowrie
Thank you all for a great conversation – we have loads to work with but we’ve only just started so send in those ideas.
For those who are interested, here’s how the conversation flowed