‘Voices from the Ground’

with Wildlife Research & Training Institute Kenya: Addressing wildlife meat trade and associated health risks in Kenya.

The Alliance’s online series Voices from the Ground format is exclusively for Alliance members and represents the diversity of local realities. Together we will create a safe space that is trustworthy to share experiences, solutions and challenges and shall foster the exchange within the Alliance community. This new format will give you the opportunity to talk about practical challenges and solutions on the ground, such as questions deriving from economic dependence from wildlife trade, cultural and religious values and traditions and Indigenous Peoples knowledge systems. An important topics could also be the problematical implementation of policies – so that all voices will be heard! 

Join our next “Voices from the Ground Session” with WRTI Kenya 

on Thursday, July 14th 2022 at 2:00pm CEST
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About the event:

The Wildlife Research and Training Institute (WRTI) has been established with the understanding that wildlife research agenda needs to be more focused to provide reliable scientific information on emerging wildlife conservation and management challenges. The speakers from various backgrounds will share their insights and experiences about working along the wildlife meat and trade spectrum in Kenya and associated health risks.

The session will be moderated by Dr. Winnie Kiiru – chairperson of Wildlife Research and Training Institute (WRTI), founder of Conservation Kenya, chairperson of the Wildlife Research Institute in Naivasha.

The speakers will be:

  • Dr. Francis Gakuya – about health risks associated with bushmeat harvesting, trade and consumption, Principal Scientist and Head, Veterinary Science and Laboratories, WRTI.
  • Dr. Moses Otiende – about forensics, identification of wildlife meat and challenges encountered in Kenya, Senior Forensic Analyst and Head, Forensic and Genetics Laboratory, WRTI.
  • Mr. Isaac Maina  – about the indirect relationship between snaring and wildlife off-takes and harvesting in Kenya, African Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW).
  • Naomi Wanja Njihia – about the community perspective on bushmeat consumption and trade, Rangelands Officer at Taita Taveta Wildlife Conservancies Association.
  • Mr. Maurice Omondi – about the law enforcement against illegal bushmeat harvesting, consumption and trade, principal investigation officer with Kenya Wildlife Service

If you and your partners are also interested in contributing to a “Voices from the Ground Session”, please let us know.

We are delighted to host this session with WRTI Kenya and are enthusiastic to have a broad exchange within the Alliance community.