Conservation Alliance of Kenya (CAK) last year in September requested National Management Environment Authority (NEMA) to revoke the license of an Agri business by KiliAvo to have an avocado farm on 180 acres of land within an important elephant corridor in Amboseli. NEMA revoked that license and ordered that work on the farm be stopped. KiliAvo went to National Environmental Tribunal to overturn the order.
Conservation Alliance of Kenya enjoined the case to ensure that farming does not start as the plan was to set a horrendous precedent that threatens to completely close the elephant connectivity of the entire Amboseli ecosystem with Tsavo West National Park and Mkomzai National Reserve in Tanzania. And violates the gazetted land use management plan for the Amboseli ecosystem, ignores the recommendations of the national wildlife migratory corridors report and will increase human elephant conflict.
Today April 26, 2021, The National Environment Tribunal dismissed the case, and this means the directive by NEMA to stop farming at Amboseli stands.
Conservation Alliance of Kenya applauds the decision and thanks NEMA, KWS, our members and all stakeholders who participated in the case for the brave step of protecting migratory corridors.
ANP is very fragile and home to several endangered wild animal species as well as globally important wildlife populations. Agri business in the wildlife migratory corridor jeopardizes the social and economic benefits of the communities that gave their land to sustain wildlife movement and ecosystem connectivity, and who together with partners have been pursuing eco-tourism investors.
CAK will continue to fight for the protection of not only Amboseli Wildlife Migratory corridors but also other wildlife corridors in the country. The success of wildlife conservation in Amboseli ecosystem is hugely dependent on compatible land uses rather than conflicting options.
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NOTE TO EDITOR
The CAK is an umbrella body with a membership of over 50 conservation NGOs collectively working to advance the protection and management of biodiversity in Kenya. By putting their expertise into resolving matters to do with land use, national wildlife security, promoting strategic conservation with wise development and representing the country at conventions the Alliance aims to collectively be at the forefront of setting the national agenda in collaboration with the government of Kenya.