Monday, August 25, 2014

GOVERNOR JOHN MRUTTU ENDORSES AMARA CONSERVATION

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Photo: Official from KWS, Amara Executive Director Lori Bergemann andthe Javungo group of elders meets Governor Eng. John Mruttu in his office.
The Taita Taveta County Government

Cases of Human Wildlife Conflict, Poaching and deforestation in the County are expected to be minimized significantly, as result of the ongoing creation of awareness and familiarization of the locals on the newly enacted law. There is a popular saying that,- “Information is power”, hence Amara Conservation and Javungo elders seem to understand this very well; thus dedicating their time to educate people on the importance of peacefully coexisting with Flora and Fauna.

Speaking in his office when he met the officials from the Kenya Wildlife Service, Executive Director of the Amara Conservation Madam Lori Bergemann and the Javungo group of Elders, H.E. the Governor, Eng John Mruttu, said it’s important for the people to be educated on the Wildlife Act 2013. According to Eng. Mruttu , this is an initiative in the right direction hence needs to be supported under all cost.

The Group lead by the Kenya Wildlife Service and Amara Conservancy, have been encouring the youth; to look for alternative methods of getting an income rather than being involved in illegal activities like Poaching.

In the same meeting, Chairman of the Javungo Council of Elders- Mr. Ronald Mwasi Shake outlined the importance of our county citizen being familiar with the Wildlife Act 2013. He said that the penalties are just too severe to befall one, just because of his or her ignorance.

The County Government in this financial year plans to conduct a Civic Education on the news Wildlife Act 2013. People who are mainly from the Civic Society have been trained on the same Act.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Amara Meeting with the People of Tsavo

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Amara is taking part in 2 weeks of meetings in different places around Tsavo bringing together the Elders to talk about how tribal ways protect the environment-

Then we explain ecosystems and how people-water-plants-air-wildlife depend on one another. Then about value of tourism. Then we explain that the people own all those resources.....


Today's Meeting, Tamaduni Za Kiafrica Zaboresha Uhifadhi in Mwakitau
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Lori Bergemann's Photos from Meeting in Mwakitau

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Kenya: Magic Can Catch Poachers - Elders


This newspaper article does not at all state what Chairman Mwasi said, he took things out of context and twisted them. What the Chairman said is that the Taita and Taveta people had traditional ways of conserving wildlife and the environment, and that it’s urgent to conserve NOW. His real message is that we need to all work together now going forward. Respect for the knowledge of the Elders mixed with modern approaches to conservation will work! We need to bring people together and heal any rifts that exist! LB


Kenya: Magic Can Catch Poachers - Elders
By Raphael Mwadime, The Star
August 18, 2014

Chairman Ronald Mwasi told KWS director William Kiprono that they are capable of using traditional ways to arrest armed poachers by making them fall asleep using magic.

"Our people are not poachers. Those killing our elephants using guns are people from outside. Involve us and we shall help catch them. We are capable of making them sleep and arrest them with their guns when we only have a walking stick."

He said KWS ignores the elders.

Speaking in Voi during the celebration of the World Elephant Day on Tuesday, Mwasi blamed KWS for barring the elders from accessing their shrines in the park.

He said poachers are hiding in the old holes left behind by miners who were extracting gemstones some years back.

"Even when you move around the areas with choppers you cannot spot them," he said.

Mwasi said that the Taita community members used to co-exist peacefully with wildlife since the colonial times and were never involved in poaching. all africa article here

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