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Wildlife fund to spend $1m on Lake Bogoria project
Tuesday, April 30, 2002

The Nation (Nairobi)

April 30, 2002

Posted to the web April 29, 2002

The World Wide Fund (WWF) for nature is implementing a Sh80 million development programme for communities living around the Lake Bogoria Game Reserve.

WWF Director-General Claude Martin said a project manager had been deployed to the game reserve to spearhead the five-year plan.

It will involve training pastoralists on environmental conservation. They would also be trained on co-existing with wildlife.

The WWF has also trained 300 pastoralists on honey production, fish farming, use of papyrus to make mats and other products.

Project manager Maushe Kidundo said there was need for a management plan for the lake. Mr Kidundo said the villagers had also been involved in the conservation of the lake.

He said that change of land use, silt deposition at the lake and its tributaries, diversion of water, poaching, death of flamingoes, poverty and obstruction of water were hindering conservation at the game reserve.

Mr Kidundo said that death of flamingoes and the upsurge in poaching were among challenges being tackled by the WWF.

Dr Martin spoke at the lake where he opened a women's handicraft centre funded by WWF on Sunday afternoon.

He was accompanied by the director for the Africa Madagascar Programme, Dr Yaa N'tiamoa-Baidua, and Kenya Wildlife Service director, Mr Joseph Kioko.

Lake Bogoria Game Reserve is home to 310 bird species, including flamingoes and the Greater Kudu and is famously known for its hot springs.

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