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November 19, 2018

THE WEEK

Uhuru urges NGO to

help protect wildlife

 President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged international NGOs to focus on wildlife protection and training, especially in South Sudan and Somalia. Uhuru Kenyatta said wildlife conservation requires concerted efforts by as many countries as possible. “True success in protecting wildlife must be achieved across borders,” he said. He spoke during a meeting with International Fund for Animal Welfare CEO Azzedine Downes, who paid him a courtesy call at State House. Downes assured Uhuru that IFAW will work with the KWS and other agencies to intensify training on wildlife protection in the region.

He praised Kenya’s approach to conservation saying it is the most focused in the region.

 

 Kenya holding 138

tonnes ivory - census

 The government is holding 137.679 tonnes of ivory and 1.519 tonnes of rhino horns, new statistics have shown. Environment CS Judi Wakhungu released the statistics on Wednesday following an inventory that was commissioned on July 21 and completed on August 27, 2015.

The project has seen the counting of about 25,052 pieces of mostly raw ivory and more than 1, 248 pieces of rhino horns. From the pile, more than 2,300 ivory and 800 rhino horn samples were collected for DNA analysis and profiling. The ivory and rhino horns were from normal stocks of dead animals while others that are being used as court exhibits.

Others were seized and kept under police custody at the Mombasa port.

 

World prepares

to replace MDGs

 Only days ahead of the historic summit to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a new UN study calls on regulators to implement proactive policies that build institutional investment frameworks, institutions and culture with sustainability at their core. The report, entitled "Financial Reform, Institutional Investors and Sustainable Development: A review of current policy initiatives and proposals for further progress" was produced by the United Nations Environment Programme Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System and the California Public Employees' Retirement System.

 

2.2 million Kenyans

use Facebook - report

 Facebook has shared new statistics revealing that 2.2 million Kenyans use Facebook every day and 4.5 million each month, while 7.1 million Nigerians use Facebook daily and 15 million are active every month.  Almost all these people are coming to Facebook on a mobile device: 100% of Nigerian monthly users are active on mobile as are 95% of Kenya’s monthly users.  This follows the recent announcement that Facebook’s active user population in Africa has grown 20% to 120 million in June 2015 from 100 million in September 2014. More than 80% of these people access Facebook from their mobile phones. Now, 60% of all Internet users in Africa are active on Facebook.

 

 

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