IUCN President Zhang Xinsheng held discussions with IUCN Members in Kenya and IUCN Regional Office staff to get first-hand information on the implementation of the IUCN Programme in eastern and southern Africa region. These meetings were held on February 21, 2013 alongside his participation the 27th Session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) held from 18 to 22 February 2013 at the headquarters of UNEP in Nairobi, Kenya.
Addressing IUCN Members in Kenya, President Zhang called on members to identify with the newly adopted IUCN Programme and align their activities with it. He further asked the members and Secretariat to continue and increase joint programme delivery.
The meeting, which was chaired by the IUCN National Committee Vice Chair, Margaret Otieno from the Wildlife Clubs of Kenya (an IUCN Member), brought together several Kenya-based Members who re-affirmed their commitment to the implementation of the IUCN Programme that was adopted during the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, South Korea last year.
Mr Zhang also met with staff at the IUCN Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa (ESARO). During this meeting, Ali Kaka , ESARO Regional Director and Mine Pabari, ESARO Programme Coordinator, gave a presentation on ESARO’s institutional structure, its priority programme areas of work, and challenges the region is facing.
During the presentation, Ali Kaka noted that: “In spite of the challenges facing the region in fundraising and the many emerging environmental challenges countries in the region face, the ESARO Programme has a number of exciting programmes geared toward addressing these challenges". Ali also thanked the President for this pioneer visit to the region and requested him to continue staying close to the regions and their work.
The IUCN President took a special note on the region’s fast growing economy and encouraged staff to ensure that IUCN is constantly keeping pace with the development trends in this emerging market and their impact on the environment and conservation work.
The President also visited one of the IUCN Members in Kenya, Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) and held discussion with KWS Director, Mr William Kibet Kiprono. The meeting focussed on conservation programmes especially on rhino and elephant poaching and the available capacity IUCN could provide in dealing with these issues.
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