FoNNaP Debate Season 2011


Dear Friends,

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 fonnap1@gmail.com

Kind regards

Paula Kahumbu

Chairman

Suggestions

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

ConservoNaturaStephen Le Quesne

@
@paulakahumbu yes of course it can, but it is critical that you involve the population to create sense of worth and identity for everyone.
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Sue Hooper Lawrie
Rafiki58Sue Hooper Lawrie

@
@paulakahumbu – Can conservation ever be self sustaining?
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Ahmed Salim
ahmedsalimsAhmed Salim
@paulakahumbu when is World Environment day?
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Sue Hooper Lawrie
Rafiki58Sue Hooper Lawrie

@
@paulakahumbu – Thanks will have a read at work tomorrow.
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The Paras Gudka
TheParasGudkaThe Paras Gudka

@
@paulakahumbu @ahmedsalims @navraj YAY! Now you’re talking. {:) What sort of ideas do you need? I’ll help.
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Kimutai Cherono
2FingersKenyaKimutai Cherono

@
@paulakahumbu Fonnap Conservation Debate #kenya In order 2 prioritise btwn animal&human priorities shld parks B fenced culled & meat sold?
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Michelle Martin
m000shMichelle Martin

@
@paulakahumbu Good luck! Looks like you have got some meaty questions coming in, sure they’ll get people going!
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Sue Hooper Lawrie
Rafiki58Sue Hooper Lawrie

@
@paulakahumbu – What does the new constitution say about the environment?
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Sue Hooper Lawrie
Rafiki58Sue Hooper Lawrie

@
@paulakahumbu – Oh I understand. Thanks for explaining. Great.
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Michelle Martin
m000shMichelle Martin

@
@paulakahumbu or something like that!
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Michelle Martin
m000shMichelle Martin

@
@paulakahumbu Should we try and save animals which are popular with the public, rather than those which are most endangered?
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Michelle Martin
m000shMichelle Martin

@
@paulakahumbu Oh yes it is! Ok question to follow…
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Michelle Martin
m000shMichelle Martin

@
@paulakahumbu Why do some endangered animals have worldwide conservation campaigns when other animals, under greater threat, don’t?
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kenyanentrepreneur
kenentrepreneurkenyanentrepreneur

@
@paulakahumbu Was watching a documentary on the Okavango delta. Botswana is lucky. They only have 2 million people. Kenya has 40M & growing
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Navraj Ghataura
navrajNavraj Ghataura
RT @paulakahumbu: My big #conservation question for the debate season is “”Is it too late for #Nairobi National Park?” http://bit.ly/h98RcP
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Sue Hooper Lawrie
Rafiki58Sue Hooper Lawrie

@
@paulakahumbu – It seems that for both my questions the word ‘How” is being missed from the start of the question.
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Sue Hooper Lawrie
Rafiki58Sue Hooper Lawrie

@
@paulakahumbu – How is funding allocated for wildlife conservation and what is the medium and long term plan?
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kenyanentrepreneur
kenentrepreneurkenyanentrepreneur

@
@paulakahumbu here then – how can conservation work in African countries that have exploding populations? not enough land.
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Sue Hooper Lawrie
Rafiki58Sue Hooper Lawrie
RT @paulakahumbu @Rafiki58 gr8 ur question is “Can the relationship between tourism and wildlife conservatio… (cont) http://deck.ly/~GUMks
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Sue Hooper Lawrie
Rafiki58Sue Hooper Lawrie

@
@paulakahumbu How is the relationship between tourism and wildlife conservation managed to ensure both thrive?
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zulusafari
zulusafarizulusafari

@
@paulakahumbu where was that pic taken of the fence?
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zulusafari
zulusafarizulusafari

@
@paulakahumbu Just submitted my question. What do I win? 🙂 @coldtusker @bankelele @ahmedsalims
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Afrineurs.com
afrineursAfrineurs.com

@
@paulakahumbu humanity is still a type 0 civilization, we havent mastered the art of balance
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Patrick Mugo Mugo
PMugoMugoPatrick Mugo Mugo

@
@paulakahumbu Perfect question ….I say NO
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Afrineurs.com
afrineursAfrineurs.com

@
@paulakahumbu I think development and conservancy are mutually inclusive none can survive without the other.
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Marc Neilson
marcimpalaMarc Neilson
RT @paulakahumbu: What’s the matter with conservation in Kenya – why can’t we make it work? http://bit.ly/h98RcP (ask @tambirai, she knows)
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kenyanentrepreneur
kenentrepreneurkenyanentrepreneur

@
@paulakahumbu They’re already stuck w/the IDP issue & you think before 2012, they’ll take land to resettle animals?
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Sue Hooper Lawrie
Rafiki58Sue Hooper Lawrie

@
@paulakahumbu – Why do you think that? I care, does that count??
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PazaSauti
PazaSautiPazaSauti

@
@paulakahumbu @coldtusker if we privatized the corridors with defined land use we possibly have a chance. Excellent camping and trail land
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Patrick Mugo Mugo
PMugoMugoPatrick Mugo Mugo

@
@paulakahumbu That would work … Skype: mugo.maragi
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adolwa
adolwaadolwa

@
@paulakahumbu we have not made conservation relevant to the general public. It is still a middle to upper society concern.
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luc germain
luc_germainluc germain
RT @paulakahumbu: What’s the matter with conservation in Kenya – why can’t we make it work? http://bit.ly/h98RcP
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kenyanentrepreneur
kenentrepreneurkenyanentrepreneur

@
@paulakahumbu Yes, it is more important & is true in many other industrializing countries like India & China.
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coldtusker
coldtuskercoldtusker
“Who & how should we secure a wildlife corridor?” @paulakahumbu [For perpetuity]
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coldtusker
coldtuskercoldtusker

@
@paulakahumbu We know it does. Question is who & how so we secure a wildlife corridor? Also demolish all structures on encroached land
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Patrick Mugo Mugo
PMugoMugoPatrick Mugo Mugo

@
@paulakahumbu Am in Costa Rica …post-graduate student at UN-mandated University for Peace….would love to…just an air ticket
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coldtusker
coldtuskercoldtusker

@
@paulakahumbu Yes but only online… for now
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Halima Murunga
HalimaMurungaHalima Murunga

@
@paulakahumbu hmm I just think the PR around how they communicate to Internationals and locals are off.
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coldtusker
coldtuskercoldtusker

@
@paulakahumbu We need to set aside the conversation corridors for the movement of animals
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Arnold Lakita
Arnimal2000Arnold Lakita
RT @kibee: YES! RT @paulakahumbu: Should Nairobi Park be degazetted 2 make room 4 city development? http://bit.ly/h98RcP [NO] > NO!
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kenyanentrepreneur
kenentrepreneurkenyanentrepreneur

@
@paulakahumbu People are focused on trying to put food on their tables. Conservation is a distant worry.
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Halima Murunga
HalimaMurungaHalima Murunga
Maybe you should debate communication methodology in terms of spreading the word of conservation to the general public @paulakahumbu
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Patrick Mugo Mugo
PMugoMugoPatrick Mugo Mugo

@
@paulakahumbu YES, 2nd-What will be the net effect if there to be considered as having frustrated interested/needs. Direct benefits?
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luc germain
luc_germainluc germain
RT @paulakahumbu: why doesn’t anyone care about Kenya Wildlife Service? Parks, wildlife, conservation???? http://bit.ly/h98RcP
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Halima Murunga
HalimaMurungaHalima Murunga

@
@paulakahumbu poor perspection of public. KWS=Tourists not us. More PR needed for people to realize relevance.
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Dorothy Ooko
dorothyookoDorothy Ooko
NO! RT @coldtusker: RT @paulakahumbu: Should Nairobi Park be degazetted 2 make room 4 city development? http://bit.ly/h98RcP [NO]
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Patrick Mugo Mugo
PMugoMugoPatrick Mugo Mugo

@
@paulakahumbu @PeterOpondo BUT will communities around the parks being considered as a problem as with tradition or as interested parties
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Gichuki
kibeeGichuki
YES! RT @coldtusker: RT @paulakahumbu: Should Nairobi Park be degazetted 2 make room 4 city development? http://bit.ly/h98RcP [NO]
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coldtusker
coldtuskercoldtusker
RT @paulakahumbu: Should Nairobi Park be degazetted 2 make room 4 city development? http://bit.ly/h98RcP [NO]
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Nanjira Sambuli
msupastarNanjira Sambuli

@
@paulakahumbu That’s a difficult matter right there…to fence or not to fence…
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Nanjira Sambuli
msupastarNanjira Sambuli
RT @paulakahumbu: Friends of Nairobi Park needs your help – just 2 minutes of brain power http://bit.ly/h98RcP pls RT #Nairobi #kenya
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9 responses to “FoNNaP Debate Season 2011

  1. Great idea Paula & FoNNap, would be good to hear people’s points of views and ideas. Let’s make it an interactive debate, with voting and the like, so we can really get to understand what all participants think. Look forward to joining, Helen

  2. Are you only looking for participants from Kenya or can anyone join in irrispective of where they live on the planet?

    • Hi Sue, anyone can join and be part of this season. We’ll host 13 big debates/discussions. Karibu – please send us your suggestions

  3. Is the Government playing any role in assisting conservation? What are the key challenges faced by FoNNaP or any body willing to protect the park? By @ahmedsalims

  4. Should livestock be allowed in the park during droughts? No no coz this the way it will a loop hole for the crooks to kill the animals.

  5. Should livestock be allowed in the park during droughts? No no coz this the way it will be a loop hole for the crooks to kill the animals.

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