To respond to the growing wildlife crisis and international call for action, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in June 2015 launched the Global Wildlife Programme (GWP), a USD 131m grant programme designed to address wildlife crime in 19 countries across Africa and Asia, including Kenya. The GWP serves as a platform for international coordination, knowledge exhange and delivering action on the ground, as well as building and strengthening partnerships by supporting collaboration amongst national projects to capture and disseminate lessons learned.
In Kenya, the objective of the UNDP-GEF Combating Poaching and Illegal Wildlife Trafficking project is to support the Government of Kenya to effectively address combating poaching and illegal wildlife trade (IWT) through a new IWT strategy, improvements of law enforcement capacity on the ground and sustainable landscape management in priority sites.
The project will address three main barriers that currently prevent the effective combat of poaching and illegal trafficking of wildlife in Kenya. These are:
- Gaps in legislation and regulation to fight poaching and IWT
- Insufficient coordinating and law enforcement capacity to control poaching and IWT at both a national and sub-national level
- Insufficient coordinating and law enforcement capacity to control poaching at national and sub national levels and insufficient interest of local communities to wildlife conservation