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Canada Helping Kenya Respond to Climate Change

March 24, 2014

Canada Fast-Start Financing supporting Kenya’s national parks

OTTAWA, March 24, 2014 /CNW/ – Parks Canada has provided its resource
conservation expertise to Kenya through a project that will help
Kenya’s protected areas and people adapt to climate change. Funded
under Canada’s Fast-Start Financing, the project highlights the
importance of protecting and preserving healthy ecosystems that help
provide vital services like clean water and hydro-electricity for
Kenya’s communities.

The Government of Canada has provided $990,000 for this project whereby
Parks Canada and the Kenya Wildlife Service will help communities and
ecosystems adapt to the challenges of climate change. The project is
being carried out in six national parks: Amboseli, Tsavo East, Tsavo
West, Mt. Kenya, Aberdare and Lake Nakuru. These iconic tourist
destinations are among the most important biodiversity hotspots in the
country and provide clean water to more than half of Kenya’s
population.

Efforts to maintain and restore important national park ecosystems will
help to ensure that Kenya’s wildlife-based tourism industry can
continue to thrive and that the Kenyan people will be able to continue
to depend on water, hydro-electricity and other important services that
these protected ecosystems provide.

Quick Facts

        --  Canadian supported efforts focus on reducing the impact of
            non-climatic stressors in six national parks like habitat
            degradation and invasive species on forests, grasslands and
            wetlands, thereby increasing their resilience to climate
            change.
        --  Forest restoration efforts in and around Mount Kenya National
            Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the Aberdare National
            Park, which are the sources of rivers that supply water to over
            15 million people, will help to retain water in the catchments
            of these rivers, improve habitats for wildlife and support
            people's livelihoods. Hundreds of volunteers and school groups
            are involved in invasive species removal and tree planting in
            parks.
        --  Restoration efforts are stopping woodland degradation and
            erosion associated with drought around Mzima Springs in Tsavo
            West National Park, protecting this iconic tourist destination
            and securing the water supply to about 2.5 million people,
            including residents of the city of Mombasa.

Quotes

“National parks are important for conserving wildlife, supporting
tourism opportunities and providing livelihoods and other benefits to
neighbouring communities, both within Canada and internationally. This
is why our government has taken a leadership role in working with the
Kenya Wildlife Service to ensure that these places continue to provide
services that support food security, clean air and clean water for
future generations.”

Leona Aglukkaq, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible
for Parks Canada

“The funding comes at a critical time in Kenya’s history, as it works to
strengthen the health and resilience of its wildlife populations and
national parks that are so important to the Kenyan economy.”

William Kiprono, Kenya Wildlife Service Director General

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Associated Links

        --  Canada's Fast-Start Financing Commitment
        --  Canada's Action on Climate Change
        --  Ecological Restoration for Protected Areas: Principles, Guidelines and
             Best Practices, 2012
        --  Canada Supports Ecological Restoration of Torres del Paine National Park
            (Chili, 2012)

SOURCE Parks Canada


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