The Kenya Wildlife Service in partnership with the County Government of Nakuru on Saturday launched the 100-Days Rapid Results Initiative with an aim to restore the glory of Lake Nakuru National Park.
The 100-Days Rapid Results Initiative will involve spatial plan for infrastructure, Seasonal product pricing, targeted marketing and communication strategy, maintenance of main gate as a monument and comprehensive water quantity and measurement unit.
The initiative will also focus on waste management Plan, matters Algae for flamingos and how to increase the same and standardization of all lodges and hotels operating within the park.
Speaking during the launch the launch, KWS Director General Bgr (Rtd) John Waweru called on members of the public, media, administrators and other stakeholders to join hands in restoring the beauty and diversity of Lake Nakuru National Park.
In line with the above, the KWS Director General also announced that the members of the public will have an open day on Sunday 26th May to access the park for free.
“We are making a national call to all stakeholders that let us work together in restoring the Lake Nakuru National Park to its former state. And in line with this the members of the public will have an opportunity on Sunday to access the park without paying any coin” he said.
It should be noted that Lake Nakuru National Park has faced many challenges from the fluctuating water levels to the low population of flamingos.
Other challenges that the Park has faced include parking infrastructure, solid and liquid waste disposal from Nakuru town, fire outbreaks and human wildlife conflicts.
However through a presentation made by senior Warden Catherine Wambani, KWS has embarked on mechanisms to address the same.
Some of the interventions include disease surveillance and monitoring, engagement and collaboration with stakeholders on conservation, resource mobilization through events such as cycle with rhino.
Other interventions include the ongoing development of waste management program in the park, problem animal management and conservation education and community outreach among others.
On his part Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui lauded the initiative stating that will help market Lake Nakuru National Park.
While commending the efforts of the wardens and Kenya Wildlife Service staff in restoring the glory of Lake Nakuru, Kinyanjui assured KWS the county government’s support towards the efforts made.
On the initiative to have an open day for visitors into the Park this Sunday, Governor Kinyanjui said will enhance ownership of the park by residents and all Kenyans.
He promised that the county government would ensure such is successful by offering buses for transportation during the Sunday open day.
“The open day for visitors into the Park this Sunday will enhance ownership of the park by residents and all Kenyans. As a county we shall work the relevant department to offer transportation during the open day” said Kinyanjui.
In addition, the Governor added that plans are almost in final stage towards the construction of an airport that will open up the Park to more visitors.
According to Kinyanjui, the elevation of Nakuru town to a city will also ease business and make the Park more attractive to both Local and international tourists.
On matters solid waste management, the county boss revealed that the county has received funding from Kenya Wildlife Fund that will help to separate the sewer and storm water systems.
Kinyanjui also appealed to the KWS to ensure animal corridor from Naivasha to Nakuru to create a free space for the wild animals.
“I urged the KWS to create an animal corridor from Naivasha to Nakuru that will create a free space for the wild animals to move” he said.
The county boss also calling on media to ensure to be responsible while reporting on challenges that affect the eco-system.
The event was also attended by Senior Park warden Catherine Wambani, Trade and Tourism CECM Raymond Komen, Chairperson of the Nakuru Tourism Association Mr. David Mwangi, County Commissioner Erastus Mbui and KWS officials.
PHOTO/NGPU:Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui and KWS Director General Bgr (Rtd) John Waweru signing a commitment to seal the launch of the 100-Days Rapid Results Initiative aimed at restoring the glory of Lake Nakuru National Park.