Wow, there has been huge response to our call out for the big debate
Here are some ideas sent in by email and text today
1. “Are conservancies helping KWS to save wildlife?” From William Kimosop the Chief game warden in Baringo
2. “Can co-management of wildlife between communities and KWS work?” From William Kimosop the Chief game warden in Baringo
3. “Will the devolved system of government and the network of counties protect the NNP ecosystem and wildlife migratory corridors?”
3. “What is the place of NNP in the Nairobi Metropolitan Region 2030 strategy and under the Vision 2030 flagship projects?”
4. “Should urban planning be part of the departments in the City Council of Nairobi, Mavoko Municipal Council, Olkejuado County Council and other local authorities have a direct role to play in the conservation of NNP and the wildlife migratory corridors?”.
The person (people) I think should be debating is (are):
- The local authorities
- Urban and regional planners- Kenya institute of planners; Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) town planning chapter
- Land surveyors, roads engineers and real estate developers
- Government line ministries :- Ministry of lands, Ministry of Environment and Mineral resources, Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife
- Kenya private sector alliance, Kenya Alliance of Residential Associations
The big issue(s) I’d liketo have debated is (are): The effects of developments on the biodiversity conservation within the park
I carried out a research on the Park recently with the intention of establishing the effects of developments on the biodiversity conservation for my final year project at the University of Nairobi,my results got me scared ,one the total area is reduced with time..the new road will reduce the total area,a section of magadi and mombasa roads lie within the park as from my analysis,the warden confirmed to me that no specific procedure is followed when establishing new trails within the park,The mokoyeti river(from geo eye image) the key river is totally polluted,the image shows a trail that brings in some polluted water through a fence (the reflectance is too high) indicating colonisation of the river by non riverine vegetion,Most dams within the park are polluted except Athi Dam ideally water bodies like the eland hole and hyena point are polluted and colonised by weeds.The satellite imagery shows cleared patches within the forested area close to where there are buildings near magadi road,.There is no available data on population of plants within this park,the bugs and insects,whereas it is so essential because life in the wild is a chain.I realised shifts in the boundary where the airport is located..iam yet to ascertain if it ever happened.From the population census of the park i realised over half the Park’s population is migratory..i got concerned over what the effect of the development of the fences have on this population now and in future…The park has been said to have over 400 bird species..garbage burning at mlolongo and the surrounding factories with smoke flying over may lead to lose of many of the species through migration or extinction…The issues were so many i may not be able to cover them all.