West Pokot County Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MOU) witb Northern Rangelands Trust(NRT), Masol and Pellow conservancies in a move aimed at improving wildlife conservation in the county.
Governor John Lonyangapuo, who spoke during the signing ceremony, said the MOU will enhance community development initiatives aimed at conserving natural resources including wildlife in the county.
“The agreement will provide a framework for formal collaboration between West Pokot County, NRT and the two Community Wildlife conservancies to strengthen technical cooperation in conserving wildlife and its habitats,” said Lonyangapuo.
Apart from boosting Wildlife conservation, the MOU will also offer the communities living within the conservancies a platform to empower themselves.
NRT Director of Programs Dr Elizabeth Pantoren,said through thd new partnership, they will offer technical assistance to the two conservancies which will aid in wildlife conservation and also give an opportunity to the community to benefit from it.
The full implementation of the MOU will see the two community wildlife conservancies involved gain a lot in terms of technical support, capacity building to strengthen community development and improve their livelihoods.
Among those present during the MOU signing were Sigor MP Peter Lochakapong, Dr. Jeremiah Poghon (Kenya Wildlife Service), CEC Emily Chepoghisio, Jonathan Nguriarita (Deputy, County Secretary), Mary Nguriakes (Chief Officer, Tourism and Wildlife) and Maimuna Chepngetich (Director, Tourism and Wildlife).