Nakuru County commemorated the world Wildlife Day in a colourful event at the Lake Nakuru national park today.
The event themed "Recovering key species for ecosystem restoration" was coupled up with a clean-up, garbage collection and tree planting exercise around the park in a bid to promote proper ecosystem management in the park.
Speaking during the event, Chief Officer for Environment Mr. Kiogora Muriithi cited that improved technology in waste management as a form of Circular economy not only creates job opportunities for the youth and general population but also reduces pollution of natural resources which host wildlife.
"Preserving these natural resources goes a long way in ensuring that future generations too get to benefit from wildlife through the protection of endangered species from extinction which translates to less tourism activities that boost our country's economy" said Mr. Kiogora.
Lake Nakuru National Park which was earmarked as a UNESCO world heritage site hosts a myriad of wildlife with over 50 species of mammals, 300 species of plants and over 450 bird species making it one of the country's highest biodiverse parks hence the need to adopt more conservation measures to maintain its status
Noting the challenge of the various upstream activities in rivers draining into the lake as well as others that form major tourist attractions within Nakuru County, the delegation highlighted the need to safeguard the water sources too so as to ensure that the ecosystem is well maintained.
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